Monday, January 09, 2006

Freedom of the Press soon dead in Denmark.

EU: As if the European Union will back the paper and freedom of the press.

Danish Muslim organisations are planning to take the daily Jyllands-Posten to the European Court of Human Rights over controversial cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed. The decision was announced Monday (9 January) by Kasem Ahmad, leader of Danish Islamic religious body Islamsk Trossamfund, uniting various Muslim organisations, following an announcement that a Danish local attorney general had rejected their case. Islamsk Trossamfund had sued the daily for the publication of drawings of the prophet Mohammed for blasphemy, as the Koran forbids all visual depictions of the prophet. ....The cartoons have caused outrage in Muslim communities in and outside Denmark, with Islamic countries and Turkey calling upon the Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen to offer an official apology. But Mr Rasmussen has persistently said that freedom of expression is the very foundation of Danish democracy and that his government has no means of influencing the press. Recent comments from the prime minister have however showed a will to reconcile with the Muslim communities. In his New Years' speech, Mr Rasmussen said that "we should not resort to the freedom of speech as a way of increasing social hatred and fragmentation." However, the editor in chief for Jyllands-Posten, Carsten Juste, repeated late last week that the daily will not apologise for publishing the cartoons. "We will not apologise, because we live in Denmark under Danish law, and we have freedom of speech in this country. If we apologised, we would betray the generations who have fought for this right, and the moderate Muslims who are democratically minded."
In other news, the decision to request help from outside the country and the continuing show of not understanding what the hell "Freedom of the Press" means in the West begins a backlash against Muslims.
"COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A regional prosecutor said he would not file charges against a newspaper that published contentious caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, and Danish Muslim groups said Monday they would appeal. "We cannot understand the decision," said Ahmad Akkari, a spokesman for a coalition of 11 community groups, adding that they would take their complaints to Denmark's top prosecutor. He said the 12 caricatures, published Sept. 30 in the Jyllands-Posten daily, were a "clear offense to Islam." State prosecutor Peter Broendt Joergensen said Saturday the drawings were protected by Denmark's freedom of speech laws and did not violate bans on racism and blasphemy." "....The dispute has created a backlash against Danish Muslim groups, who critics say blew the matter out of proportion by asking Muslim countries to pressure the Danish government to act against the paper. In her weekly newsletter, Pia Kjaersgaard, the leader of the anti-immigration Danish People's Party, accused some Danish Muslim leaders of conducting a "defamation campaign against the country they live in." Abdul Wahid Petersen, a leading imam in Denmark, defended the decision to request help from abroad. "When someone offends the prophet, it is not only just a local problem but affects Muslims worldwide," he said Monday on Danish public radio."
The fact Akkari cannot understand the decision is an indicment on the fools running this fiasco of a campaign.

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