Jyllands-Posten presents view on cartoon - in English and Mandarin

We had no intention of being offensive, but although we might empathise with the reactions to the drawing, it does not form the basis for our editing of the newspaper.

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Drawing: Niels Bo Bojesen

The corona virus cartoon featured in Jyllands-Posten has evidently agitated many people because the Chinese flag is used as an illustration. Under no circumstances was it ever the intention to offend the Chinese people, nor to exploit the existing serious situation, in which the corona virus is costing human lives, for satire.

The cartoon describes the evolving issue that this disease is currently spreading from China to other countries in the world. By means of cartoon drawing and the inherent spatial limitation, the Chinese flag has been used to tell this story, in the same manner that the flags of other countries, such as those of Denmark and the United States, are often used in more or less caricatured contexts. Jyllands-Posten celebrates the principle of freedom of expression and allowing room for divergent views. This may sometimes result in some individuals feeling offended, and although we might empathise with this, it does not form the basis for our editing of the newspaper. However, we would like to reiterate that it was in no way the intention for this cartoon to be offensive.

这幅漫画描述的实际情況是当前病毒从中国蔓延到世界其它国家。通过卡通绘画和固有的空间限制,用中国国旗来讲述此故事,其他国家的国旗,如丹麦和美国的国旗,同样或多或少被用作漫画背景。日德兰邮报遵循言论自由的原则,并且 给不同的意见留有空间。这一做法有时会让有些人感觉被冒犯,我们虽感遗憾,但是并不会以此为准编辑报纸。我们在此重申,这幅漫画绝对没有冒犯他人的意图。

Jacob Nybroe主编,日德兰邮报

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