Danish PM won’t meet ambassadors

The Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen has refused to meet with eleven Muslim ambassadors who wanted to talk about a Danish newspaper publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammed. (See story below)

This is a matter of principle. I won’t meet with them because it is so crystal clear what principles Danish democracy is built upon that there is no reason to do so. [...]

As prime minister, I have no power whatsoever to limit the press – nor do I want such a power. It is a basic principle of our democracy that a prime minister cannot control the press

Meanwhile, a group of moderate Danish Muslims have started a petition in support of freedom of expression.

We cannot allow Islamic radicals in Denmark to continue with their provocation, aggression, and threats against people who want to criticise or make jokes about religion.

20-year-old Nasim Rahnam, who arrived in Denmark from Iran, explains further:

For us, it’s important to emphasise that those who threaten and make a commotion do not represent all immigrants. But that’s the way Danes perceive it. [...]
That shows that many average Muslims don’t have anything to do with the political Islamic groups. We wanted to show that.

The group collected signatures under the banner “Initiative for Freedom of Expression.”


6 Responses to “Danish PM won’t meet ambassadors”

  1. Andy A says:

    One wonders how long it would take Britain’s counterpart (for, yes, I speak of Bliar) to organise a top-level summit with his mate Iqbal and his cronies if the same were to happen here. Full marks to the Muslim group in Denmark who have condemned attempts at censorship. I can’t recall any groups in the UK who have made similar statements (someone will correct me if I’m wrong, no doubt): ‘We cannot allow Islamic radicals in Denmark to continue with their provocation, aggression, and threats against people who want to criticise or make jokes about religion‘(my emphasis. In this country, the very government wants to ensure, it seems, that we cannot criticise or make jokes about religion (it says it doesn’t, but it remains to be seen how the new laws will be interpreted by canny lawyers wanting to bring something to court).

  2. Andrew Nixon says:

    If only we had Denmark’s government…..

  3. marc says:

    If only we had Denmark’s PM it would be an improvement, Andrew!

  4. Destroyer of Tehran says:

    To give Bliar some credit he is the only world leader who seems to willing to threaten that c*nt ahmedinejad. If only he was as tough with “””””Sir””””” Iqbal and other islamofascists who think and say the exact things as that persian untermensch… (am I the only liberal who would use a word such as untermensch to describe that enemy of freedom?)

  5. Andrew Nixon says:

    Just a thought….. do these Muslim ambassadors not complain about what I believe is one of Denmark’s biggest exports, bacon?

  6. Another Dane says:

    No they don’t complain about Bacon, yet! also se: http://www.mediawatchwatch.org.uk/?p=321