Fogh: We will protect freedom of expression
PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen (V) states that plans for the terror murder of a newspaper artist shows that Denmark houses extremists who don’t accept the principles of democracy.
“Of course I cannot comment on the specific case. But I have been informed about it, and I understand that it is the perception of PET that with these arrests they have foiled a terror-related murder,” the prime minister says.
“We are talking about a suspicion of a very serious crime, which of course is deeply worrying. This case unfortunately shows that we in Denmark also have groups of extremists who do not recognize and respect the fundamental principles of Danish democracy.
“I can understand that PET is looking at this matter with a lot of concern, but that they strictly underline that they, based on this case, have not found reasons to upgrade the general level of threats against Denmark.
“But under any circumstances, the government takes an attack on freedom of expression very seriously. In Denmark there is freedom not only to think and say what you what you want, but also to draw whatever you want. The government will stand guard around the liberty of free speech, which is the very foundation of a free democracy,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen finishes.