Skip to comments.[NZ] Fonterra cautions about economic effect of publishing controversial (Muhammad) cartoons
Posted on 02/04/2006 7:03:06 PM PST by NZerFromHK
Fonterra is worried about how the publication in New Zealand of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad will affect its business in the Middle East.
Two newspapers in New Zealand - The Dominion Post in Wellington and the Christchurch Press - have printed the controversial cartoons. Some were also shown on New Zealand television on Friday night.
The images have triggered outrage and protests across the Muslim world.
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Pakistan on Thursday, chanting "Death to Denmark" and burning Danish and French flags. Palestinian gunmen briefly surrounded European Union offices in Gaza to demand an apology over the cartoons.
After the images were first published in Denmark in September, the Danish-Swedish dairy company Arla Foods reported that its sales in the Middle East dropped off significantly.
Fonterra is concerned it could suffer a similar fate, as Muslim countries represent a large proportion of its trade.
A spokesperson says the company makes no judgement on whether the cartoons should be published here, but it has a long relationship with the Middle East and other Islamic countries in Asia and Africa, and does not want to jeopardise that.
Federation of Islamic Associations president, Javad Khan, says Muslims in this country will be outraged and very angry that such images have been shown in New Zealand.
He says The Dominion Post is jumping on a bandwagon and is more interested in circulation figures than freedom of the press. He has appealed to the media not to make a mockery out of the teachings of Islam.
Dominion Post editor Tim Pankhurst says it is an issue of solidarity and supporting press freedom, and he is not setting out to deliberately antagonise the Muslim communities of New Zealand.
The cartoons have now been published in numerous countries, including France, Germany, Spain and Jordan. Two editors - of the France Soir and the Jordanian tabloid, al-Shihan - have been sacked for publishing the images
They include drawings of Muhammad wearing a headdress shaped like a bomb, while another shows him saying that paradise is running short of virgins for suicide bombers.
Fonterra is the largest dairy cooperative in New Zealand.
Moose sex trade with New Zealand sheep could be threatened.
Note to Fonterra:
Don't sweat it my man. Muslums have never produced anything of worth, including food. When they get hungry enough, they will be ringing your phone...if any of them are still around. Heh heh heh
They care about money and their left wing extremist policies. They seem to preach tolerance, while at the same time being very critical of anyone who thinks differently. The tall poppy syndrome is very alive in NZ. The NZ Herald & Wikato Times are left wing rags.
Don't cave in to the islamic bullying.
Not commenting beyond to say "btt". This issue is too incendiary.
We have friend in New Zealand who has always said (almost smugly) said that NZ does not have to worry about terrorism- since terrorists don't even know that NZ exists. Denmark can attest that these SENSELESS muslim zealots only care about hate and will quite happily wreak terror on ANY country in the entire world.
Islam will not turn to peace peacefully- I FEAR.
I concur. America and the rest of the west has been less than perfect, but we adapted to something close to a rule of law. IF the riots, death threats and general mischief radical Islam has been engaged in the last few days is really suppossed to be seen as an aberration of a far wing of this "religion of peace", where are the Islamic leaders calling for an end to violence?
It matters not to me whether such voices are silent for fear or because they agree at heart with the rioters. When America went through the civil rights struggle, we had Klansmen reacting violently, but every establishment voice decried that thuggery. When some pro-life extremists killed and bombed abortion providers, those pro-life spokesmen who did not condemn such violence found themselves politically marginalized.
One of the comments I heard on the morning talk shows (aside from Sam Donaldson, who should have worn a turban today) gave a nod to our "positioning ourselves as morally superior" as an Islamic justification. HELLO! We ARE morally superior to these indiscriminate murderers of anyone who disagrees with them.
It is line in the sand time. YOU, Islam will learn to live in peace with people who do not agree with you, or YOU, Islam will suffer the wrath of a world grown tired of your over-financed, over-armed childish temper tantrums. I prefer peace, you can hurt us. Take it to the mat after a mega-9/11, Western Civilization will, out of self-defense, exterminate you root and branch. That is not a future I would like to live through, but I can see it happening.