A Danish newspaper has apologised to Muslims for any offence caused when it published controversial cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.
Politiken is the first Danish publication to take such a measure.
While saying ‘sorry’ for offending Muslims, it added however that it retains the right to publish the same cartoons again.
The apology has been criticised in Danish political circles. The leader of the Social Democrats, Helle Thorning Schmidt for example said it compromised the right to free speech and that Politiken’s decision was “insane.”
The cartoons in question were first printed by another Danish daily, the Jyllands-Posten, in 2005, causing outrage across the Muslim world.
Several newspapers including Politiken then re-printed them two years ago after a plot was uncovered to kill one of their authors.