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Lars Hedegaard on His Acquittal in Denmark: “A Major Victory for Free Speech”

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Posted on January 31 2011 3:25 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.
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Early this morning, as I was glued to my television set on the matter of Egypt, wondering now, will the world media finally pause to understand that what the Israelis do or don’t do is entirely unimportant in terms of the suffering of Arab peoples under their tyrannical leaders?

And then I heard from Lars Hedegaard who was acquitted in Denmark. He promised to send a statement. Here it is. I will comment further about it later.

One light just went back on in Europe.

Statement by Lars Hedegaard on his acquittal

Copenhagen, January 31, 2011

As my ancient forefathers, the vikings, would have said: It is always good to fight. It is better to win.

My detractors – the foes of free speech and the enablers of an Islamic ascendancy in the West – will claim that I was acquitted on a technicality, namely that the judge in the Court of Frederiksberg resolved that my supposedly offensive comments on the violations against little Muslim girls were not intended for public dissemination.

That is absolutely true. The judge chose the way out provided by my capable counsel.

However, the public prosecutor has been privy to the circumstances surrounding my case for a year – and yet he chose to prosecute me. Obviously in the hope that he could secure a conviction given the Islamophile sentiment among our ruling classes.

My acquittal is therefore a major victory for free speech.

I have no doubt that the massive support I have received from freedom fighters around the world has been instrumental in securing my acquittal.

This outcome will encourage people all over the West and beyond to speak up.

The battle for freedom is far from lost.

Courage!

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