The Wednesday attack on the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, which killed at least 12, left many in the Danish media community shaken.
In 2006, Charlie Hebdo reprinted all 12 of the controversial Muhammad cartoons from Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, adding some of their own. That decision thrust the satirical magazine into the international spotlight and set it up as a target for Islamic extremists.
In November 2011, the magazine published an issue in which it renamed itself ‘Charia Hebdo’, saying the issue was guest edited by Muhammad. When the magazine’s Paris offices were fire-bombed in direct response to the issue, Jyllands-Posten stood by the controversial French magazine.
“I sent a note of sympathy to the publisher and chief editor of Charlie Hebdo today. I clearly remember the threats we received in the Muhammad case. It means a lot that you don’t feel alone in this sort of situation,” Jyllands-Posten’s managing director Lars Munch wrote in a statement.
In a strongly-worded editorial printed the day after the firebomb attack, Jyllands-Posten thanked Charlie Hebdo for standing by it in 2006 and said Western media should refuse to be intimidated by violence.
“Charlie Hebdo stood shoulder to shoulder with Jyllands-Posten when it really mattered and when many other media outlets were busy looking the other way. At Jyllands-Posten, we fully understand the rage and frustration, and also the feeling of helplessness, that must be affecting Charlie Hebdo’s employees and owners right now,” the Danish newspaper wrote.
“Will violence win? One must be firm in their faith to simply brush aside that question. Does violence work? Here one must unfortunately answer in the affirmative. But this much is certain: if you bow to violence, you won’t get less violence, but more,” the newspaper continued.
In the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s fatal shooting attack in Paris, Jyllands-Posten was focused on reporting the news and had not released a statement.