PM condemns ‘brutal’ attack on French mag

Helle Thorning-Schmidt said that France has Denmark's full support and that both countries must strive to protect their values.

PM condemns 'brutal' attack on French mag
Firefighters carry a victim on a stretcher at the scene after a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7th. Photo: REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/Scanpix
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned the “brutal and ruthless” attack on the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. 
“France has been hit by a terror attack. Completely defenceless and innocent people have fallen victim to what appears to be an attack on the freedom of expression,” Thorning-Schmidt said in a statement. 
The prime minister extended Denmark’s support on “a dark day” in France. 
“French society is, like ours, open, democratic and based on a free and critical press. These are values that lie deep within all of us and we must stand guard over them. It is also precisely these values that makes France a strong society that can withstand an attack like this,” the PM said. 
Twelve people including two police officers were killed and 10 injured in shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly. According to reports, the magazine's editor-in-chief and four of its cartoonists were among the victims. 
Several other Danish politicians weighed in to condemn the attacks. 
“Horrified by the Charlie Hebdo attack. Strong condemnation. Full solidarity with the victims and France. We must defend the freedom of speech,” Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard wrote on Twitter. 
“It fills me with disgust and dismay. This is an attack on the very foundations of our free society: the freedom of expression. My immediate thoughts go to the victims and their families. I am also thinking about our own challenges, because here in Denmark we also unfortunately have forces that want to upend our society. We must never, ever give in to it,” opposition leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen wrote on Facebook. 
“The terror attack is in every way tragic and is not just an attack against the magazine but against all of us,” Social Minister Manu Sareen wrote on Twitter. 
National security agency PET said that the Charlie Hebdo attack will not lead to a change in the terror level in Denmark. Shortly after the attack in Paris, uniformed police officers were standing guard outside of the offices of Jyllands-Posten newspaper. 
Charlie Hebdo reprinted the controversial 2006 Jyllands-Posten cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, leading to close ties between the two publications.


Danish far-right party denied permission to publish Mohammed cartoons

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has declined a request by far-right Danish political party Nye Borgerlige (New Right) to publish its cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed.

Danish far-right party denied permission to publish Mohammed cartoons
Pernille Vermund (C) with other members of the Nye Borgerlige party. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danish party, led by parliamentarian Pernille Vermund, wanted to take out advertisements in Danish newspapers in which it would have published the cartoons.

The cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed were shown by French teacher Samuel Paty to his students before he was later beheaded in what the country’s president Emmanuel Macron has labelled a terrorist attack.

“The killing of Samuel Paty triggered the campaign, we want to show our support for his family and for freedom of speech,” Vermund said on Friday.

Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists have however rejected Nye Borgerlige’s request to use the cartoons in newspaper advertisements, the magazine’s public relations bureau told tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

“Following consultation with the cartoonists, Charlie Hebdo has not made such an agreement with this political party, with which they do not share any form of viewpoints,” the magazine said according to Ekstra Bladet.

Danish newspapers Berlingske and Weekendavisen have said they would publish the Nye Borgerlige advertisements, while Jyllands-Posten and Ekstra Bladet declined to, citing concerns for staff security.

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