EUROPEAN NEWSPAPER QUICKLY APOLOGIZES FOR OFFENDING GYPSIES
- Assalamu aleikum.
Read below to see how swiftly European media responds within days to
even an unintentional "slight" resulting from the accidental placement
of a utility company ad with an article.
But then somebody OTHER than Muslims were the targets.
The Landeszeitung Lueneburg newspaper "said it deeply regretted the
incident" and "We apologise for this mistake, which both contradicts
the article's intention of shedding light on an almost forgotten
chapter of National Socialism, and also undeservedly casts the utility
in a questionable light." Both the article and the accompanying ad
appeared only 10 days before the apology.
Please note that 2 articles follow:
*Denmark must say `sorry'
*Paper sorry for Holocaust ad error
Denmark must say `sorry'
1 February 2006
THE storm of protests sparked by the disrespect shown to the
Prophet continues to rage around the world. And this will pick up in
the days to come if Denmark refuses to come off its high horse and
apologise for the pain and anguish it has inflicted on the Muslims and
act against those responsible for the outrage.
The Organisation of Islamic Conference needs to be firm in dealing
with those responsible for this shameful assault on the Last Prophet,
who insisted on respect for all faiths and Messengers of God who came
before him. Several OIC member states have already and rightly taken a
serious note of the insensitive act. UAE has strongly condemned the
action and asked Denmark to deal firmly with the newspaper,
Jyllands-Posten, which carried those hurtful caricatures of the
Prophet of Islam.
Saudi Arabia has already recalled its envoy to Copenhagen. Kuwait
has lodged a strong formal protest with the Danish government by
summoning its ambassador. Libya has decided to shut down the Danish
mission in the country. Several other governments across the Muslim
world are taking steps to convey the great anger and hurt in their own
In addition to this response at government level, people around
the world are responding to the outrage in their own individual ways.
Danish companies, which have substantial business interests in the
Middle East and elsewhere in the Muslim world, are said to have
already suffered huge financial losses as a consequence of the swift
and silent boycott imposed on Danish products and services. As Khaleej
Times reported yesterday, dozens of popular brands and products have
been taken off the shelves in departmental stores and malls across the
UAE and the Middle East. As Denmark is a major trade partner of
several Arab and Muslim countries including the UAE, this is sure to
seriously hurt its economic interests worldwide.
It is intriguing therefore that Copenhagen still refuses to
acknowledge and apologise for the hurt caused to the Muslims. Either
Denmark has yet to fathom the seriousness of this issue and the extent
of Muslim anguish or it is deliberately fanning popular passions in
the Islamic world by its studied arrogance. The right-wing prime
minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who came to power by exploiting
anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments in the Scandinavian country, had
declined to meet the envoys of 11 Muslim countries who wanted to
convey their concerns over the caricatures when they first appeared.
The prime minister continues to defend the insensitive newspaper in
the name of `media freedom'. All freedom including that of the media
comes with responsibility. Mocking people's deeply held religious
beliefs and sentiments is no media freedom. It's sheer and
Denmark can end this row by offering its sincere apologies and
acting against the guilty. The half-hearted, qualified explanation
offered by Jyllands-Posten yesterday will not do. What we need is
genuine remorse and action by the Denmark government. And it must come
Paper sorry for Holocaust ad error
From correspondents in Berlin
A GERMAN newspaper has apologised for accidentally placing a utility
company advertisement for "the gas of tomorrow" inside a full-page
story on the Nazi killing of Sinti (Gypsy) people in Auschwitz
The Landeszeitung Lueneburg said on its website today it had not
noticed that the article about a local exhibition describing the fate
of the Sinti in Hitler's Germany appeared on the same page as an
advert for utility company E.ON which read: "E.ON is taking care of
the gas of tomorrow, today."
The Nazis used poison gas for mass killings in World War II. It is
estimated that between 200,000 and 800,000 of the millions who were
killed in the Holocaust were Sinti and Roma, two branches of the Gypsies.
The paper, which has received numerous complaints about the position
of the advertisement, said it deeply regretted the incident which was
unintentional and "simply overlooked".
"We apologise for this mistake, which both contradicts the article's
intention of shedding light on an almost forgotten chapter of National
Socialism, and also undeservedly casts the utility in a questionable
light," it said in a statement.
The paper devoted a page of its January 21-22 edition to the story
From Lueneburg to Auschwitz which featured pictures of the death camp
and Sinti victims of Nazi persecution.
But the editors unwittingly slotted in the advert, which covered about
a third of the page, right alongside it.
A spokesman for E.ON said the firm had had no control over where the
advert appeared and wanted to put the matter behind it now that the
newspaper had apologised for the error.