Issued by Mr. Toger Seidenfaden, Editor-in-Chief, on behalf of Politiken
and Mr Faisal A.Z. Yamani, attorney-at-law, on behalf of his clients.
The Danish national daily newspaper Politiken and the directors of 8
organizations in Egypt, Libya, Qatar, Australia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia,
Lebanon and Palestine that have 94,923 members, who are descendents of the
Prophet Mohammed (the "Organisations") have reached an
understanding and settlement in the dispute between the Organisations and
Politiken that arose out of Politiken's reprinting of the cartoon drawing of
the Prophet Mohammed (the "Cartoon Drawing"), created by Mr. Kurt
Westergaard, and originally published by the newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30
September 2005 together with 11 other drawings of the Prophet Mohammed (the "Dispute).
These drawings, and in particular Mr. Westergaard's Cartoon Drawing, gave rise
to civil unrest and demonstrations in many countries across the world, and
in particular in Arab and Islamic countries, where the Cartoon Drawing was
perceived as being defamatory of Islam and specifically of the Prophet.
Politiken reprinted Mr. Westergaard's Cartoon Drawing as part of the
newspaper's news coverage and has never intended to offend Muslims in
Denmark or elsewhere.
In a statement that is to be printed in Politiken's print and online editions,
Politiken recognizes and deplores that the reprinting of the Cartoon Drawing
offended Muslims in Denmark and in other countries around the world and
apologizes to anyone who was offended by the reprinting of the Cartoon
Read the full text of Politiken's statement.
The Organisations and clients represented by the Law Firm of Ahmed Zaki Yamani
by attorney-at-law Mr. Faisal A. Z. Yamani, of Saudi Arabia, noting
Politiken's statement, confirm that the Dispute is settled, and agree not to
pursue any legal or administrative action against Politiken.
Both parties express their satisfaction with this amicable understanding and
settlement, and express the hope that it may in some degree contribute to
defusing the present tense situation.
Both parties express their hope and conviction that the agreement may help
improve the relationship between the Muslim world and Denmark and in
particular the Danish media, and hope that other acts of dialogue and
reconciliation may follow.
For further information contact:
Faisal A.Z. Yamani
Executive Partner, Law Firm of Ahmed Zaki Yamani
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