Lars Hedegaard, executive editor, Dispatch International
Founder of Danish and Internatkional free PressÂ Societies
In the wake of the disturbingÂ newsÂ yesterday about the arrest in Winchester, UK of Paul Weston Liberty GB Party leader for quoting Churchill, came stunning news about another free speech defender, Lars Hedegaard, editor ofÂ Dispatch InternationalÂ in Copenhagen.Â Hedegaard is also head of both the Danish and International Free Press Societies.Â Â The gunman who failed in an attempt on Hedegaard’s life on February 5, 2013 has been apprehended and arrested by the Danish security police. Â He has been identified as a 26 year old Danish citizen of Middle East origin.
Here is what weÂ wroteÂ about the harrowing incident:
On February 5, 2013 Lars Hedegaard went to his door in Copenhagen to face a person he thought was a mailman. After handing Hedegaard a package, the “mailman” immediately pulled out a gun and fired a shot barely missing Hedegaard’s head. When the assassin droppedÂ the weapon, a scuffle ensued and the assassin retrieved the gun but failed to fire it a second time promptly fleeing the scene. The perpetrator of this attempted assassination has yet to be apprehended by Danish police. Such are the dangers of being the founder of both the Danish and International Free Press Societies and prosecuted by Danish courts for something protected in the First Amendment of the US Constitution – the right to criticize a religion, Islam.
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Austrian human rights and free speech advocate, commented:
I am heartened to hear that Lars’ potential killer has been apprehended. It is my hope that he will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, without any “migrant bonus” as has been the case in far too many instances in Europe.
In our IconoclastÂ postÂ Â on August 27, 2013 regarding threats on Hedegaard’s life, following an presentaqtion byÂ we wrote about what prompted the attempt:
Lars Hedegaard, executive editor ofÂ DispatchÂ InternationalÂ in Copenhagen, published an editorial today expressing outrage about the lack of police responses to death threats he and others have received for exercising their precious rights of free speech criticizing a religion. Â The editorial was prompted by death threats from Danish and foreign Muslims against Hedegaard and five colleagues. These threats arose from theÂ press conferenceÂ arranged by The Danish Free Press Society (DFPS) with ex-radical Danish Imam, Ahmed Akkari, last week in Copenhagen. Â Akkari revealed that virtually all Danish Mosques are led by extremists. Akkari went through a personal transformation through self-introspection prompted by reading a veritable bibliography of Western Enlightenment during long arctic winter nights in Greenland.
Then we spoke about Hedegaard’s ringing defense of free speech in the face of troubling Danish and Western denial:
[We] often remind Hedegaard that he is channeling a mythic Danish figure, Holger Dansk. Â The legendaryÂ Holger DanskÂ was the Danish warrior for Emperor Charlemagne who never lost a battle and whose statue rests in the catacombs of the Kronberg palace in Copenhagen. Â Holger Danske’s statue depicts him partially asleep a sword in his lap waiting for the signal to spring into battle to protect fellow Danes. Holger Danske was the symbol of the Danish resistance during the Nazi occupation in World War Two. Hedegaard knows how his fellow Danes are sowing the seeds of self destruction by diminishing their freedoms and liberties while heedlessly protecting the forces of their destruction, radical Islamists in their midst.Â Politically correct leftist multiculturalists in power in Denmark and elsewhere in the EU are abetting their agenda; infiltration and Islamization of the West.Â We in America must be ever vigilant to prevent that from occurring here.Â As Hedegaard said about his own legal battles in Denmark,“This is a fight for liberty against tyranny. It will be long and hard but losing is no option.”