RIYADH, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian newspapers on Sunday printed an apology by the Danish paper whose cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad have sparked deadly protests around the world.
“Allow me in the name of Jyllands-Posten to apologise for what happened and declare my strong condemnation of any step that attacks specific religions, ethnic groups and peoples. I hope that with this I have removed the misunderstanding,” wrote Carsten Juste, the editor of Jyllands-Posten.
The full-page advertisements appeared in Asharq al-Awsat, which is printed around the Arab world, as well as the local al-Riyadh and al-Jazira.
They were dated Feb. 5, but an advertising spokesman at al-Riyadh said it may have taken time for the papers, which are close to the government, to approve the announcement.
I’m not sure of the reasoning behind that last paragraph quoted, but it’ll be interesting to see how this apology plays out.
Of interest, too, is the op-ed piece by Jyllands-Posten editor Flemming Rose, Why I Published Those Cartoons, which appears in today’s Washington Post.