• Denmark's news in English

Muhammad cartoon editor put up for Nobel

AFP/The Local · 4 Feb 2015, 08:28

Published: 04 Feb 2015 08:28 GMT+01:00

After the trauma of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, champions and icons of free speech head the pack in the names put forward for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, with jailed Saudi blogger Raef Badawi and fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden among those receiving nominations. 
"This year again one can see the candidates reflect the issues that dominated the news in recent months," Olav Njølstad, the Nobel Institute's new director, and also secretary of its awarding committee, told AFP.
While the official list of Nobel nominees remains a well-kept secret, those authorised to lodge nominations -- members of parliament, past Nobel laureates, academics -- can publicly announce their choices, fuelling speculation on the likely winners.
Norwegian member of parliament Michael Tetzschner, for instance, put up Danish editor Flemming Rose, who a decade before last month's slaughter of French cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo magazine triggered global protests over depictions of the Muslim prophet.
"Giving the prize to a consistent defender of freedom of expression, even at a personal cost, would give a sign that those who try to muzzle that freedom through cowardly attacks against civilians, thus undermining peace between peoples, cannot ever succeed," Tetzschner wrote in his letter to the Nobel committee, according to NTB news agency.
Jyllands-Posten -- which has been under constant Islamist threat since 2005 -- stood out last month as the only major daily in Denmark not to publish Charlie Hebdo illustrations after a January 7th attack on the satirical magazine in Paris that left 12 dead. 
Rose currently serves as Jyllands-Posten’s foreign editor but was the culture editor behind the Muhammed cartoons. Since the Charlie Hebdo attacks, he has been a frequent presence in the international media speaking about his 2005 decision and threats against the freedom of speech. 
He said that the French magazine “paid the highest price” for its decision to reprint the Jyllands-Posten cartoons and its subsequent lampooning of the Muslim prophet. 
"Charlie Hebdo didn't shut up... and they have now paid the highest price for that," Rose told Jyllands-Posten in the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks. 
Story continues below…
"It sends a shiver down my spine. Thinking about the people in Paris, what they're experiencing now. In addition to shock, I'm not surprised. If you look at what's happened in Europe over the past 10 years, since Jyllands-Posten’s Muhammad cartoons were published, time after time there have been threats and even violence," he continued. 
Rose has lived under police protection since the backlash against the Muhammad cartoons began. 
The Local Norway has more on the current batch of Nobel Peace Prize nominees

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

AFP/The Local (news.denmark@thelocal.com)

Today's headlines
Denmark takes historic step for transgender rights
Competitors perform on stage during Israel's first Miss Trans beauty pageant last week. Photo: Menahem Kahana/Scanpix

UPDATED: Nation becomes the first in the world to officially no longer consider being transgender a mental illness.

Denmark moves to rein in 'hate preachers'
Church Minister Bertel Haarder said the new legislation would keep religious leaders from "undermining democracy". Photo: Uffe Weng/Scanpix

Denmark will punish preachers who give their approval to criminal acts such as violence and bigamy, and will ban foreign "hate preachers" from entering the country.

Denmark to impose new 'integration' rules on kids
Integration Minister Inger Støjberg. Photo: Simon Læssøe/Scanpix

Following an EU ruling last month, the Danish government is fast-tracking new legislation that will put greater emphasis on children's ‘ability to integrate’.

After 1,000 years, ‘forgotten’ Danish Viking fortress opens
The 'forgotten' Viking fortress is one of five in Denmark. Photo: Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen/Scanpix

The historic discovery of a fifth Viking ring fortress was celebrated in grand style on Monday and will open to the public on Wednesday.

Danish royals: Only Prince Christian should get money
Only Prince Christian, shown here with his father Crown Prince Frederik at the opening of a revamped Skovshoved Marina, should expect taxpayer funding. Photo: Michael Bothager/Scanpix

Danish MPs may not need to decide which royal grandchildren to cut off financially after all.

American tourists flocking to Copenhagen
The number of overnight stays and international passengers are both up sharply in the first quarter of 2016. Photo:

American tourists flocking to Copenhagen

1 day ago

A number of new low-price flight options have given the Danish capital a major tourism boost.

My Danish Career
'I was fired from my first Danish job after nine days'
Henrik Cullen is a British-born expat who also holds Danish nationality. Photo: Juan Franco

In the latest instalment of My Danish Career, we spot with British-Danish 'local expat' Henrik Cullen who overcame a rough start to find success in Copenhagen.

Danish man gets stuck in museum chimney
Not the actual chimney. Photo: Adrian Scottow/Flickr

Maybe he just couldn't wait until the museum opened on Monday.

Denmark ready to cut off money to royal grandkids
Queen Margrethe and her eight grandchildren waving to well-wishers on the queens's birthday last month. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Scanpix 2016

Politicians appear ready to limit the number of Queen Margrethe’s grandchildren who get an annual salary from the state.

First service marks Battle of Jutland centenary
A memorial park to mark the world's largest naval battle that took place May 31, 1916 during World War will soon open in Denmark. Photo: Scanpix

Britain yesterday kicked off a week of commemorations marking one hundred years since the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of World War I.

Sponsored Article
VIDEO: Why Malmö is the world's 6th best city for biking
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
The second best destination in all of Europe is...
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
We are the champions! Denmark wins world badminton team title
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger
Keeping Denmark in Europol 'maybe impossible'
Analysis & Opinion
Green card holders tell Denmark to keep its promise
Denmark picks F-35 in historic jet purchase
Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness
Danish minister tells 'Sharia' troublemakers to 'get a job'
Danish 'martyr' exhibit reported to police
Denmark extends 'temporary' border measures for sixth time
Denmark nears final decision on controversial fighter jets
Muslim ‘girls only’ swimming sessions ripple Danish waters
Could Danes face a 'red meat tax' to help climate?
Denmark unable to process or issue visas
Denmark to go to war against Isis in Syria
Denmark to go to war against Isis in Syria
Business & Money
How Denmark’s national bank card is about to change
The best Danish bands you've (maybe) never heard of
Danes leaving the church in droves
Atheist campaign gets Danes to leave the church in droves
jobs available