Danish newspaper sues lawyer representing Muslims

A Danish newspaper said today it had filed a defamation lawsuit against a lawyer representing a group of Muslim organisations which sued the daily for publishing the contentious Prophet Muhammad cartoons that sparked riots across the world.

The Jyllands-Posten sued Michael Christiani Havemann for saying its top editors ordered a cartoonists to deliberately make a “gross” drawing of the Prophet Muhammad because those solicited by freelance artists were not good enough.

Jyllands-Posten’s editor in chief Carsten Juste said Havemann’s accusations “are simply so gross and insulting that he has crossed the line for what we will accept”.

Havemann was not immediately available for comment.

On March 29, 27 Danish Muslim organisations represented by Havemann filed a defamation lawsuit against Jyllands-Posten calling the drawings “gratuitously defamatory and injurious”.

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