In Defence of Lars Hedegaard

By • on February 12, 2013

Chris Knowles of the International Civil Liberties Alliance

The following is our response to an article on The Copenhagen Post website entitled Hedegaard lashes out following failed assassination attempt.

My organisation the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA) awarded Mr Hedegaard our Defender of Freedom Award last year in the European Parliament.

Unlike many newspapers, he is willing to stand up and speak truth to power.  Newspapers tend to no longer do their job of informing the public and challenging the powerful.  Instead they provide a skewed ideologically driven picture of the world.  Rather than report the facts they choose to demonise individuals like Mr Hedegaard and in doing so deliberately put them in danger.

Lars Hedegaard has shown willingness even to put his life on the line in the cause of freedom.  How many newspaper editors can say the same thing?

ICLA supports Mr Hedegaard’s call to remove the blasphemy clause.  Indeed we call for the abolition of all blasphemy laws worldwide.  This includes laws that are effectively blasphemy laws that are dressed in the clothes of secularism.  For instance the United Kingdom abolished its blasphemy law but incorporated similar restrictions in other laws.  It is the freedom to talk freely about all philosophies that needs to be protected by law.  Blasphemy laws stifle freedom of speech and prevent the progressive development of our society.

Lars, we salute your bravery and your continuing commitment to freedom.

Chris Knowles

International Civil Liberties Alliance

  • http://freespeech.nu Hans Erling Jensen

    I just have to back this short and terse statement! Thank you Chris!

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  • http://www.elsasblog.com Elsa

    Hi Chris, I second the brief comment from Hans. Thank you, Chris. Your words are so true. Every newspaper article or other media report that demonizes those who speak out for freedom of speech endangers the lives of those who risk by speaking out. If all the newspapers and other media spoke out for freedom of speech – first, there would be no need for Lars and others to speak out – and second, it would lessen the danger from those who are ready to do violence to those speaking for freedom of speech.

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  • http://www.iufe.org/ Achintya Das

    I totally agree with Elsa whenever you raise a finger against the wrongdoing of extremist the Pseudo Secular media will not only castigate you as a racist but also they will intervene your personal life. Every country has the same scenario now. Actually free speech is now at get risk and extremist always wants to abolish free speech first when the free speech is gone its easier for them to dominate the mass, peace activist, and a country.

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