Danish Muslim cited for cheering Paris attack

The 23-year-old spokesman for the organization Called to Islam (Kaldet til Islam) has been cited by police for comments made on Facebook in support of Wednesday’s terror attack at French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Danish Muslim cited for cheering Paris attack
At the end of another dramatic day in France, a 23-year-old Dane was cited for cheering the actions online. Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Scanpix
The man posted a link to a story on the Paris attack accompanied by a smiley face and comments in Arabic that said God deserved the honour for the killings, reported Radio 24syv. 
A Copenhagen Police spokesman told the radio station that he wouldn’t comment on the case. 
The man is being cited under Article 136 of the Danish Penal Code, which outlaws “publicly approving” actions that are punishable under the nation’s terror laws. The penalty can range from a fine to two years in prison. 
Radio 24syv reported that it found many other examples of Danish Muslims directly or indirectly celebrating the terror attack in Paris. 
Two other Danish citizens were cited for the same violation in December. One had posted photos on Facebook of himself posing with severed heads while the other is accused of spreading "extremist video material" on the internet.
For much more on the Charlie Hebdo attack, which left 12 dead including 10 employees of the satirical weekly, and its dramatic aftermath, head over to The Local France


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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