Danish author slams British tabloid for ‘stealing’ work

Danish foreign correspondent Puk Damsgård has lashed out at Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper after it published a sensationalised article using extracts taken from her book under her byline without her permission.

Danish author slams British tabloid for 'stealing' work
Puk Damsgård was sharly critical of the Daily Mail's handling of her work. Photo: Jeppe Bøje Nielsen/ Scanpix
Damsgård, whose book 'Do you see the Moon, Daniel’ is now being published in English, erupted on Twitter when she first saw the article on the weekend. 
The book covers the thirteen-month ordeal of Danish photographer Daniel Rye Ottosen in ISIS captivity, during which time he was tortured so badly that he attempted suicide. 
It later turned out that the British newspaper had been given the right to run the extracts by Damsgård’s British publisher, British publishers Atlantic Books. 
To placate Damsgård the newspaper toned down the article and removed her byline. But she remained angry at the way her work had been misrepresented. 
She later complained that the original Daily Mail article did not only combine extracts but also introduced exaggerations and errors. 
Damsgård’s Danish publishing house Politiken said that while the Daily Mail had been given permission to run extracts, it should have sent its version to be vetted by her. 
”Puk Damsgård and Daniel Rye have both stressed that it should not be the tabloid-friendly content that such extracts should be taken from. The article should have been sent to Puk Damsgård for approval. For that reason this is strongly criticisable,” publisher Kim Hundevadt told Danish broadcaster DR, for whom Damsgård works as Middle East Correspondent.  


Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links

Six men suspected of being members of the so-called Islamic State (Isis) group or funding it were arrested in an anti-terror raid in Denmark on Tuesday, police said.

Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The suspects, whose identities were not disclosed, are aged between 27 and 35, police in East Jutland said.

Two of the suspects were arrested in the Danish capital Copenhagen and the four others in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-biggest city.

“Two of the people arrested, a man aged 29 from the region of Aarhus and a 30-year-old man living in Copenhagen, are suspected of penal code violations… for having travelled to Syria in 2014, where they were recruited by the terrorist organisation Islamic State,” police said in a statement.

The 29-year-old is also suspected of having tried to return to Syria in early 2015 to rejoin Isis.

Under his instruction, the four other suspects are accused of having acted as “intermediaries” and having sent money to the organisation.

According to Danish intelligence service PET, at least 160 people have travelled from Denmark to fight in Syria or Iraq. About a third of them have been killed in action, 32 are still there and around half of them have either returned to Denmark or another country.

Jihadism is considered the biggest threat to Denmark’s national security, according to PET.