Things that make you go…huh?
The cultural editor of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten has been sent on “indefinite leave”, immediately after giving remarks he would consider publishing Holocaust cartoons in the mass-circulation daily.
“The Editors have told (cultural editor) Flemming Rose to take a vacation because no one can understand the kind of pressure he has been under,” Jyllands-Posten editor Carsten Juste told Berlingske Tidende newspaper, Reuters reported Friday, February 10.
The move comes only two days after Flemming said he was considering to publish cartoons on the Holocaust in his daily.
An Iranian newspaper has said it will run a contest for cartoons on the Holocaust.
“We would consider publishing them,” Rose said Wednesday.
“But we will not make a decision before we have seen the cartoons, and it is in no way seen as remorse or a way to establish a false balance between our cartoons and the Iranian cartoons,” he told Agence France Presse (AFP).
Three years ago, Jyllands-Posten had rejected to publish cartoon of Jesus Christ because of being “offensive” to Christians.
Rose’s remarks on publishing the Holocaust cartoons has triggered an immediate public apology from the Danish daily.
“Flemming Rose has expressed regret for his error of judgment that must be ascribed to the fact that, during the past four months, he has experienced inhumanly hard pressure and been besieged by Danish as well as international media almost around the clock,” Juste said on his newspaper’s Web site.
“Under no circumstances will we allow ourselves to be latched onto the tasteless media stunt of an Iranian newspaper,” he added. [article]
It’s not that they thought of publishing them, because in my opinion a cartoon about the holocaust is as tasteless as a cartoon on the thousands of palestinians that have died for their land. It’s really about how they found them to be tasteless but the ones about the Prophet pbuh not. The grand daddy of all double standards?