Danish Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Newspaper That Published Prophet Cartoons

AP, June 19, 2008

A Danish appeals court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit against the newspaper that first printed the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons in 2005, saying they were not intended to insult Muslims.

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The court in Aarhus, 125 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of Copenhagen, upheld last year’s lower court ruling, which rejected claims by Danish Muslims that the 12 drawings were meant to insult the prophet and make a mockery of Islam.

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The Jyllands-Posten daily has apologized and said it had not intended to offend Muslims. But it stands by its decision to print the drawings to challenge a perceived self-censorship.

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Nehme [Mohammed Nehme, a spokesman for Islamic Faith Community] said the group had not yet decided whether to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The court ruled that terror acts have been carried out in the name of Islam, and that it was not illegal under Danish law to make satirical drawings to illustrate that.

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