China Demands Apology From Danish Newspaper Over ‘Offensive’ Coronavirus Cartoon
By Thanussha Priyah, 29 Jan 2020
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On Monday, Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a cartoon of the Chinese flag with its five yellow stars being swapped for illustrations of coronavirus particles. The image was accompanied with the caption, “Coronavirus.”
China’s embassy has now requested the newspaper to apologize for lacking “sympathy and empathy.”
“It has crossed the bottom line of civilized society and the ethical boundary of free speech and offends human conscience,” the embassy declared on Tuesday.
However, the Danish paper’s editor-in-chief Jacob Nybroe claimed that the paper did not intend to poke fun at China’s medical crisis, by which 106 lives have been claimed, with thousands being infected.
“We cannot apologize for something that we don’t believe is wrong,” Nybroe told Danish newswire Ritzau. “We have no intention of demeaning or mocking the situation in China and we don’t think the drawing does that.”
Danish daily Jyllands-Posten recently drew the ire of the Chinese embassy after publishing a cartoon of the Chinese flag with its five yellow stars represented by coronavirus particles. | via @Reuters— OpinYon.net (@OpinYonNews) January 29, 2020
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