Denmark newspaper unapologetic for coronavirus cartoon on a Chinese flag

Freedom of expression is the most fundamental right as defined under the European Charter of fundamental rights. Media freedom is a basis for assuring the freedom to express as it is a sign of a healthy democracy. The U.S.A and Europe are comparatively liberal when it comes to the freedom of expression, especially of the media in any form. A vibrant democracy is a result of encouraging people to put forth their opinion without any kind of pressure. These countries have evolved in every walk of life as they never suppressed anyone’s opinion or freedom of expression.

Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper which claims to be a liberal newspaper has once again got into a controversy. Earlier in the year 2005, it had published about twelve editorial cartoons of Muhammad, the most important figure of Islam for which it had to face the wrath of Muslim countries. This time the newspaper published a satirical cartoon of the Chinese flag which created quite a stir among the Chinese people as China is in the midst of fighting the deadly coronavirus. The cartoon by cartoonist Niels Bo Bojesen shows the Chinese flag where the yellow stars are replaced by coronavirus cartoons. The Chinese embassy responded by saying that it was “an insult to China” and the cartoonist and the newspaper should apologize to the people of China.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told China that there was freedom of expression in Denmark, when it comes to drawing as well, other Danish politicians also supported the newspaper for having a right to publish the cartoon. The chief editor of Jyllands-Posten, Jacob Nybroe was of the opinion that this cartoon was not meant to mock or insult but it was all about cultural understanding so they cannot apologize for what they think is not wrong.

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