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Danish daily sends editor on vacation

No one understands 'kind of pressure Flemming Rose has been under'.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 15:41 IST
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Jyllands-Posten

editor who commissioned cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which have angered Muslims worldwide has been sent on holiday after suggesting he would print Iranian cartoons of the Holocaust.

The Danish newspaper published the cartoons of the Prophet last September.

Muslims consider images of the Prophet to be blasphemous and tensions flared in the Middle East in January after other European newspapers reprinted the cartoons in the name of free speech.

"The Editors have told 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.

Juste was not available for comment.

Flemming Rose, Jyllands-Posten's culture editor, tolda TV channelon Wednesday he would consider publishing proposed Iranian cartoons of the Holocaust.

The newspaper later made a public apology and played down his comments.

"Flemming Rose has expressed regret for his error of judgement 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 website.

In a challenge to Western values of free speech an Iranian newspaper has said it will run a competition for cartoons of the Holocaust during which the Nazis killed nearly 6 million Jews.

"Under no circumstances will we allow ourselves to be latched onto the tasteless media stunt of an Iranian newspaper," Juste said.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 15:18 IST