Concrete plans on murdering the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard – Muslims arrested.
Posted by sioeengland on February 12, 2008
The police for several months had kept the group of Muslims under surveillance, but were afraid to wait any further to arrest the suspects because there was proof that the murder was soon to be carried out.
This wouldn’t be a murder of Kurt Westergaard alone, but also an assassination of Danish free speech.
The Danish freedom of speech that already suffers from self-censorship after the Mohammed-crisis.
Therefore it was liberating on Monday evening at 23.40 on DR1 to see a quite uncensored programme about the Mohammed-crisis, (The cursed drawings – Why democracy).
There was among other things an interview with Kurt Westergaard, who said that he wasn’t afraid to die, as he had anyhow reached an age where it didn’t mean so much.
But he was sincerely shocked that some dark forces will practise censorship over what you must think, draw and talk.
He did not agree with the prime minister who had said that freedom of speech was even better practised now after the crisis, because the Danes and the Danish press really did appreciate it now and didn’t take it for granted.
On the contrary Kurt Westergaard found that Danish free speech had suffered a crack and the real damage was being hidden from the general public.
You can ask yourself about who really won in this case, he said.
An example of the hidden suppression of freedom of speech was when the newspaper Jyllands Posten refused to publish a drawing by Kurt Westergaard which showed a Muslim woman covered up in black clothes who was pregnant with a bomb. At first the paper had a long-term discussion on the news desk, but in the end the conclusion was that the paper had already expressed what it wanted to with the Mohammed cartoons. There was no reason in continuing.
Yes, Kurt Westergaard knows what he is talking about. Self-censorship is practised in the Danish media today. We doubt that it will be any different after the revelation of the planned murder on our freedom loving artist.
We salute Kurt Westergaard, he is a true Danish hero!