Danish Company Makes a Plea to End Boycott of Danish Goods Following Cartoon Row

January 28, 2006

Source: BBC News


On January 28, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Danish company Arla has placed advertisements in Middle Eastern newspapers to try to stop a boycott of Danish produce in Muslim countries. The firm is responding to anger about a series of caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper. A spokesman said Arla was facing consumer pressure to dissociate itself from the cartoons. The paper apologised for any offence caused, but said it was testing the boundaries of expression about Islam. Arla Foods, one of Europe's largest dairy producers, said earlier in the week that its customers in Saudi Arabia appeared to have stopped selling its dairy produce and had begun a boycott of Danish goods. Finn Hansen, a divisional director with Arla, on Thursday told the website of Jyllands-Posten - the newspaper that printed the caricatures: 'We fear that we will be hit by a wave of consumer anger.' On the same day, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Denmark was recalled for consultations."