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February 17, 2013
Lars Hedegaard and the Enemies of Truthfulness
Last week I noted how Michael Coren of Canada's Sun TV was far bolder than any of his US television network colleagues in dealing with Islam's threat to Western free speech, epitomized by Coren's interview of Danish journalist and historian Lars Hedegaard, who survived an assassination attempt by a likely Muslim assailant, still at large. No such interview with public airing on television was conducted by any major US television network-ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN-not even the self-proclaimed "alternative" to "stultifying political correctness," and "champion" of free speech, The Blaze TV.
Emphasizing, yet again, the ongoing, complete dereliction of duty of not only the mainstream legacy media, but so-called conservative outlets such as Fox News and The Blaze, Michael Coren opened his follow-up interview of Lars Hedegaard, yesterday (2/15/13), with this observation:
To add insult to bitter irony, as described in this news item Friday (2/15/13)from Dispatch International, which Lars Hedegaard continues to edit while in protective seclusion, and reiterated during Coren's latest interview, Hedegaard has been compelled to sue several Swedish media (including Aftonbladet, Svenska Dagbladet, Sveriges Television, Sydsvenskan and Helsingborgs Dagblad) for libel. The libel charge was filed with Allmänhetens Pressombudsman, (the Press Ombudsman) as well as the Chancellor of Justice.
Here is the wording that several Swedish newspapers elected to publish from the Swedish national news agency TT:
Of course Lars Hedegaard never received a "racist certification," nor has any court verdict ever stated anything to that effect. Journalist and expert on freedom of press Nils Funcke rejected this repeated characterization as pure mendacity:
Moreover, a vitriolic opinion piece in Helsingborgs Dagblad, written by Johan Malmberg and published on February 7, 2013 declared:
Lars Hedegaard insisted that the false, perversely abusive accusation of "racism" gave impunity to those who might wish to persecute or even murder such alleged "racist" individuals:
Singling out the mendacious, defamatory, and inciting screed of Malmberg, published by Helsingborgs Dagblad, Hedegaard added in his filing to the Chancellor of Justice,
Returning to Michael Coren's interview, Hedegaard revealed that all three parties in the Danish governing coalition are prepared to provide lifetime security for him, as is currently done for Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose security measures already cost 20-30 million kroner (~ 4.5 million US dollars at present) per year. Hedegaard wondered aloud,
Milton's 1644 Areopagitica, regarded as one of the most impassioned and erudite defenses of freedom of speech ever written, included these words.
Nearly seven decades ago, George Orwell's 1946 essay "The Prevention of Literature", in paying tribute to Milton's seminal argumentation, warned
Thursday February 21, 2013, the Danish Parliament will discuss Lars Hedegaard's case, and plight, with Hedegaard himself slated to speak in this forum. Let us pray Hedegaard's courage inspires those otherwise more timorous in nature to gird their loins, renew their desire for Western freedom of thought and speech, and defeat the enemies of truthfulness.
Please watch Michael Coren's interview of the heroic Lars Hedegaard, below:
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