Denmark: Security service recommends more careful wording

The Danish Security Service (PET) has proposed that the government refrain from using words and phrases such as jihad, holy war, Islamism, fundamentalism, mujahedines, and war on terror. In report entitled Language Use and Fighting Terrorism, PET recommends that authorities refrain from speaking of Muslims as a comprehensive population group related to terror and extremism. Instead of Islamic terrorism, PET suggests referring to terrorism – to reduce linking these contemporary issues to intrinsic religious affiliation or belief. AnjaDalgaard-Nielsen said that the issue is not one of political correctness, but of ensuring that the use of language is as precise and objective as possible. Justice minister Lene Esperson, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and Integration minister Birthe Ronn Hornbech have not stated whether or not they will follow the PET recommendations.

Denmark: Danish PM condemns views of Dutch film-maker

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen distanced himself from remarks made by Geert Wilders, who praised Rasmussen in a television interview for backing the freedom of speech concerning the reprinting of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Rasmussen said he does not condone attempts to demonize religious or ethnic groups, saying I strongly condemn Geert Wilders’ condescending statements about Muslims… I find these expressions extremely offensive. Wilders film criticizing the Quran is due for release by the end of the month.

Netherlands gets backing from EU counterparts over anti-Quran film

The prime minister of the Netherlands said he had won broad support from EU leaders concerning the expected release of an anti-Quran film by Dutch lawmaker and Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. Balkenende said other EU countries are supporting the Netherlands’ view that it cannot silence Wilders due to the constitutional right to freedom of expression. However, Dutch and other European officials fear that the film could spark violent protests in Muslim countries. Among those in solidarity include Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who said the Dutch could expect full backing by fellow EU member states.

Les imams danois accusés d’avoir envenimé l’affaire en 2005 ont été relaxés

Ce n’est pas faute d’avoir essay_. L’affaire des douze caricatures de Mahomet publi_es le 30 septembre 2005 dans le quotidien Jyllands-Posten est pass_e _ trois reprises devant un tribunal danois _ la suite des plaintes pour injures et blasph_mes d_pos_es par des associations musulmanes locales. A chaque fois, le journal et ses repr_sentants, le directeur de la r_daction, Carsten Juste, et le r_dacteur en chef des pages culturelles, Flemming Rose, qui est venu en France apporter son soutien _ Charlie Hebdo, ont _t_ relax_s. Le tribunal avait estim_ que les plaignants n’avaient pas pu montrer que les dessins ou le texte les accompagnant avaient eu l’intention d’offenser les musulmans. Le dernier proc_s remonte _ octobre 2006. Dans l’autre sens, la justice danoise a _galement lav_ de tout soup_on, _ la mi-janvier 2007, les imams danois accus_s d’avoir envenim_ l’affaire au cours de voyages effectu_s au Moyen-Orient fin 2005 pour mobiliser l’opinion musulmane mondiale. Le tribunal n’avait rien trouv_ dans leur comportement qui aurait incit_ _ la violence contre le Danemark. L’imam le plus controvers_, Abou Laban, est mort il y a quelques jours d’un cancer. “R_GIMES AUTORITAIRES” Lors de son discours de nouvel an, le premier ministre du Danemark, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, est revenu sur la publication des dessins, soutenue par une majorit_ de Danois, en d_clarant : “Nous avons tous la responsabilit_ d’administrer la libert_ de parole d’une mani_re qui ne provoque ni haine ni violence. Mais nous avons aussi la responsabilit_ de ne pas nous soumettre aux demandes de r_gimes autoritaires concernant ce sur quoi nous pouvons dessiner ou parler.” Si l’affaire en elle-m_me ne conna_t plus de rebondissements et que le Danemark tente de redorer son blason _ travers diff_rentes initiatives commerciales ou diplomatiques, l’islam est d_sormais tr_s largement discut_ au Danemark, comme le montre l’engouement pour une nouvelle traduction en danois du Coran sortie en novembre 2006, devenue _ la surprise g_n_rale l’un des cadeaux de No_l les plus _ la mode.

Denmark: Danes Apologize for Cartoons Instead of Rasmussen

Danish citizens have apologized on behalf of the nation instead of Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen for the insulting cartoons of Prophet Mohammed that were published in the newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. While the Danish prime minister continues to defend the cartoons are a freedom of expression and refuses to offer an apology, Danes set up Internet sites and apologized to Muslims.

Denmark: Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen pleased to hear Muslim leaders condemn terrorism

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was pleased Tuesday to hear Muslim leaders condemning terrorism clearly, at the end of a meeting with 22 Imams and representatives of Muslim associations. This meeting at the residence of Mr. Rasmussen in Marienborg was convened to discuss the means of preventing extremism following the terrorist attacks from last July 7th in London. It falls under a series of dialogues initiated by the chief of the social democrat government preceding Rasmussen after the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 in the United States. {(continued in French)} Le Premier ministre danois Anders Fogh Rasmussen s’est f_licit_ mardi de voir des responsables de la communaut_ musulmane condamner clairement et sans _quivoque le terrorisme, _ l’issue d’une r_union avec 22 imams et repr_sentants d’associations musulmanes. Cette r_union, _ la r_sidence de M. Rasmussen (lib_ral) _ Marienborg, a _t_ convoqu_e pour discuter des moyens de pr_venir l’extr_misme dans la population musulmane _ la suite des attentats terroristes du 7 juillet dernier _ Londres qui ont fait 56 morts. Elle s’inscrit dans une s_rie de dialogues initi_e par le chef du gouvernement social-d_mocrate pr_c_dent Poul Nyrup Rasmussen apr_s les attentats terroristes du 11 septembre 2001 aux Etats-Unis. “C’_tait une r_union positive o_ les participants autour de la table ont pris vigoureusement, clairement et sans _quivoque leurs distances vis_-vis de toutes les formes de terrorisme” a d_clar_ le Premier ministre sur la cha_ne nationale TV2. Il a jug_ _galement “constructif” que les imams ayant particip_ _ cette r_union aient affirm_ qu’ils avaient une responsabilit_ pour assurer que les jeunes d’origine immigr_e ne soient pas attir_s par des groupes fanatiques et extr_mistes”. M. Rasmussen a estim_ par ailleurs “essentiel de ne pas g_n_raliser, dans le d_bat public, et de consid_rer l’islam en tant que religion comme un probl_me et les musulmans comme des terroristes potentiels”. Rappelant que c’est “uniquement une minorit_ de groupes fanatiques qui commet les actes terroristes”, il a soulign_ que “la plupart des musulmans veulent vivre pacifiquement et contribuer positivement _ la soci_t_ dans laquelle ils vivent”. Trois parlementaires danois d’origine musulmane, les seuls d_put_s invit_s, ont boycott_ cependant cette r_union. Kamal Qureshi du parti socialiste du Peuple (opposition) a d_clar_ _ l’AFP que le Premier ministre danois, “contrairement _ d’autres responsables europ_ens comme (son homologue britannique) Tony Blair, m_le religion et politique et invite uniquement les musulmans pour parler de terrorisme, mettant ainsi _ l’index un groupe d_termin_ de la population”. Il s’est d_clar_ “_tonn_ qu’on l’invite non en tant que d_put_, mais en tant que musulman, et qu’on n’ait pas convoqu_ _galement des repr_sentants de mouvements d’extr_me droite, comme le responsable de Radio Holger qui avait appel_ _ chasser les musulmans d’Europe, et au besoin d’exterminer les radicaux”.

Denmark: Danes Restrict Imams To Stifle Muslim Radicals

By Julian Isherwood, Scandinavia Correspondent Denmark will crack down on the immigration of Islamic preachers to try to stifle radicalism among its Muslims. A parliamentary bill does not mention the Islamic faith, but Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, has made the target of the legislation clear in announcing restrictions on “foreign missionaries”. The bill is expected to be passed by parliament within weeks. To cater for the Danish constitution, which bans any form of religious discrimination, the legislation will affect all religious persuasions. About 30 organisations under the banner of the Danish Missionary Society reacted strongly to the proposals yesterday, saying the government was “stifling the freedom of religion and thought”. The new laws are expected to curtail seriously the activities of some imams, who have been at the centre of controversy for making statements alleged to be anti-Semitic, or against current legislation.

Danes Restrict Imams To Stifle Muslim Radicals

By Julian Isherwood, Scandinavia Correspondent Denmark will crack down on the immigration of Islamic preachers to try to stifle radicalism among its Muslims. A parliamentary bill does not mention the Islamic faith, but Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, has made the target of the legislation clear in announcing restrictions on “foreign missionaries”. The bill is expected to be passed by parliament within weeks. To cater for the Danish constitution, which bans any form of religious discrimination, the legislation will affect all religious persuasions. About 30 organisations under the banner of the Danish Missionary Society reacted strongly to the proposals yesterday, saying the government was “stifling the freedom of religion and thought”. The new laws are expected to curtail seriously the activities of some imams, who have been at the centre of controversy for making statements alleged to be anti-Semitic, or against current legislation.”