Muhammad Cartoonist Targeted
US Indicts Two for Plot to Attack Danish Newspaper
American law-enforcement authorities have arrested two men charged with preparing terrorist attacks against Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that offended Muslims around the world in 2005 when it published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The cartoon artist was reportedly also a target.
A 49-year-old US national and a 48-year-old Canadian national are under arrest in Chicago on charges of preparing a terrorist attack against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper and other targets in Denmark. In 2005, the newspaper published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that offended Muslims across the world and sparked violent protests.
Those charged are reported to be David Coleman Headley, 49, and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48. The Chicago Tribune says that Headley is an American citizen who changed his name in 2006 from Daood Gilani. Headley is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts involving murder and maiming outside the United States and another count of conspiracy to provide material support to the conspiracy. In papers filed with the court, FBI officials said the two had met while attending school together in Pakistan.
Rana, who is a Canadian living legally in Chicago, is charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to the foreign conspiracy involving Headley and three other individuals.
The Danish daily Politiken, which partners with SPIEGEL ONLINE, has reached a settlement with the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, apologizing for the offence caused by the Muhammad caricatures republished by the paper. Not all politicians in Denmark support the move.
As the first newspaper to do so, Politiken has reached a settlement with descendants of the Prophet Muhammad in connection with the affront its reprint of drawings of the Prophet Muohammad in 2008 may have caused Muslims.
The settlement was reached between Politiken and eight organisations representing 94,923 descendants of the Prophet Muhammad in a move Politiken's Editor-in-Chief Tøger Seidenfaden says shows that dialogue is the way forward.
"The settlement looks ahead and expresses very sensible views. It may possibly reduce the tensions that have shown themselves to be so resilient. It gives us hope that relations between Denmark, and not least its media, and the Muslim world can be improved," Seidenfaden says, adding he does not believe Politiken's move is a freedom of speech sellout.
Under the settlement, Politiken has not given up its right to publish the cartoons and does not apologize for having printed them, but rather expresses regret for the affront felt by some Muslims.
Lawyer Faisal Yamani, who entered into the settlement on behalf of the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad says the settlement is a good one.
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Politiken Corrects: Danish Paper Settles Muhammad Cartoon Issue:
Quote:The Danish daily Politiken, which partners with SPIEGEL ONLINE, has reached a settlement with the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, apologizing for the offence caused by the Muhammad caricatures republished by the paper. ....
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Politiken is the only newspaper which has come up with an excuse.
The media and also politicians were against it and feel that Denmark has the right of freedom of opinion
...The settlement was reached between Politiken and eight organisations representing 94,923 descendants of the Prophet Muhammad in a move Politiken's Editor-in-Chief Tøger Seidenfaden says shows that dialogue is the way forward.
Walter will realize that if my Tante Ingeborg reads this I will be shot at dawn, so nobody please bruit this typographical error about
It's already past dawn here ...