China demands an apology from a newspaper for a satirical cartoon of a Chinese flag with coronavirus particles

Source: the Business Insider

By Paulina Cachero

In the Monday edition of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, readers found a satirical cartoon of China’s national flag. In place of the five bright yellow stars were illustrated coronavirus particles.

China is currently grappling with containing the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak — and Chinese officials were less than pleased with the satirical cartoon titled poking fun at the country for its role in the pandemic.

The Chinese embassy immediately issued a statement, writing that Jyllands-Posten and Danish artist Niels Bo Bojesen should apologize to the Chinese people for the cartoon, Reuters first reported.

“Without any 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 said on Tuesday.

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