Autonom-inc.com – The famous publisher of Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, refused to apologize to the Chinese government for cartoons posted about the Corona virus. This virus is deadly and has killed around a hundred people and infected thousands of others.
“The cartoon published by Jyllands-Posten on Monday described the Chinese flag with the yellow stars normally found in the upper left corner exchanged for images of the Corona virus,” Channel Asia reported on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
The Chinese embassy in Denmark called the cartoon a form of contempt for China, which hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.
The embassy said the cartoon crossed the ethical boundaries of free speech and demanded newspaper and cartoonist Niels Bo Bojesen to openly apologize to the Chinese people.
After the Corona virus outbreak spreads in Wuhan city, the number of recent cases of infection is said to have reached more than 4,000 cases in China on Tuesday, with more than 106 people dead.
Around 50 infections have also been confirmed in other countries in Asia, Europe and North America.
On Tuesday, Jyllands-Posten’s editor in chief, Jacob Nybroe, said they felt they were not making fun of the situation in China and they also refused to apologize.
“We cannot apologize for something we think is not wrong. We do not intend to humiliate or mock, nor do we think that the picture is making fun,” Nybroe said.
“As far as I can see, this is about various forms of cultural understanding.”
Some Danish politicians support the newspaper. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, quoted by the Politiken newspaper, said, “We have freedom of expression in Denmark. Also for drawing”.
Jylland-Posten is no stranger to controversy. In 2005, this newspaper published several cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The cartoon contest ended with strong protests from a number of Muslim countries. Cartoons with the Corona virus theme being the latest provoked controversy.