In another development in the case of the controversial Muhammad cartoons, the Danish newspaper Politiken apologized today to eight Muslim organizations for the offense it caused them by reprinting the cartoons. The Muslim organizations have promised to drop legal action against the newspaper if it printed an apology, according to the Guardian.
The newspaper's apology was condemned by a wide range of Danish figures that believe the apology compromises Denmark's freedom of the press.
According to the Guardian, the eight Muslim groups that reached an agreement with Politiken represent 94,923 of Muhammad's descendants.
The Copenhagen Post online says that Politiken's apology said that the cartoons were not intended to be a "statement of editorial opinion or value, but merely as part of the news coverage."
Politiken added that it was never its intention "to offend Muslims in Denmark or elsewhere...we apologize to anyone who was offended by our decision to reprint the cartoon drawing."
The newspaper; however, did not give up its right to publish the cartoons.
In a joint statement, both sides of the argument said they were satisfied with "this amicable understanding and settlement and express the hope that it may in some degree contribute to defusing the present tense situation."