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Charlie Hebdo stood by Danish newspaper

The attack on Charlie Hebdo reverberated throughout the Danish media community due to the connections between the French satire magazine and the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Charlie Hebdo stood by Danish newspaper
Charlie Hebdo reprinted the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons in 2006. Photo: Bertrand Guay/Scanpix
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. 

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Denmark strips dual national of citizenship after terror conviction

A court in Denmark jailed a dual Danish-Turkish national for 10 years on Tuesday and stripped him of his citizenship for "planning a terrorist attack".

Denmark strips dual national of citizenship after terror conviction
The court at Frederiksberg ruled a 24-year-old man must be stripped of his Danish citizenship following a conviction on terrorism charges. Photo: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

The 24-year-old — who was not named by the court — will serve his prison sentence in Denmark, but will then be deported to Turkey upon release, the court in Frederiksberg said in a statement.

The man, a native of Copenhagen, had been under surveillance by the intelligence services and was arrested in April 2020 immediately after purchasing a gun and ammunition. 

The police had found a flag of the Islamic State group in his home. 

Prosecutors had demanded a jail term of 12 years and had charged him with purchasing weapons and ammunition “with the intent of perpetrating one or more terrorist attacks”.

The potential targets were not revealed.

After the man is deported, he will be banned for life from entering Danish territory. 

“I think he’s been in Turkey fewer times than many other Danish people,” his lawyer, Rolf Gregersen, told the court.

“Denmark must take responsibility for him once he was awarded Danish citizenship. They can’t just stick a postage stamp on his back and send him on his way,” the lawyer was quoted by the Danish news agency Ritzau as saying. 

The Danish intelligence services, which have foiled a number of attacks in recent years, categorise the risk of an attack against Denmark as “serious”, six years after an Islamist-motivated double attack in Copenhagen left two people dead.

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