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in response to reader comment: Freedom of speech in Denmark

Submitted by Sword of Islam (United Kingdom), Mar 13, 2006 at 16:06

Good point. The treatment that the Danes have received is clearly covered by this but I doubt that prosecuting an entire religious group is feasible or desirable. Obviously neither of these 'laws' are pertinent to the Danish cartoons themselves as they neither 'impart information' nor make a 'statement' in the legally accepted definition of the phrases.

Presumably, you 'stumbled' about these laws when reading an account of the Danish cartoon story elsewhere. These laws are 'old news' as this is a law that the Danish imams sought to exploit 6 months ago when the appealed to the courts for a ruling:

On October 27, 2005, a number of Muslim organizations filed a complaint with the Danish police claiming that Jyllands-Posten had committed an offence under section 140 and 266b of the Danish Criminal Code.

On 6 January 2006, the Regional Public Prosecutor in Viborg discontinued the investigation as he found no basis for concluding that the cartoons constituted a criminal offence. His reason is based on his finding that the article concerns a subject of public interest and, further, on Danish case law which extends editorial freedom to journalists when it comes to a subject of public interest. He stated that, in assessing what constitutes an offence, the right to freedom of speech must be taken into consideration. That while the right to freedom of speech must be exercised with the necessary respect for other human rights, including the right to protection against discrimination, insult and degradation, no apparent violation of the law had occurred.

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