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Maine paper apologizes for 9/11 Ramadan coverage

September 13, 2010

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PORTLAND, Maine—The publisher of The Portland Press Herald is apologizing for giving Page One coverage to the end of Ramadan on Sept. 11, without any mention of the ninth anniversary of the terror attacks.

The print edition on Saturday featured a front-page photo of local Muslims bowing in prayer during a celebration marking the end of the Muslim holy month. The newspaper in Maine's largest city published coverage of events marking the anniversary of the terror attacks the next day.

Editor and Publisher Richard Connor issued a front-page apology to readers who were offended.

Connor said the celebration by 3,000 Muslims at the Portland Expo warranted coverage but said the newspaper should have showed sensitivity "toward the painful memories stirred by the anniversary of 9/11."

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