STATEMENT
Index on Censorship statement on blasphemy debate attack in Copenhagen
14 Feb 2015
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, said:

“The use of violence on a gathering exploring the intersection of religious and artistic freedom should send shivers down our spines.

“The Charlie Hebdo murders inspired intensified public debate about free speech and its value. Many people who had previously given little thought to free speech were drawn for the first time into online discussions or attended events to help them get a better understanding of the issues. It would be terrible if violent acts such as that in Copenhagen shut down free speech even further.”

“The ability to express ourselves freely, to attend meetings and debates without fear of violence, is fundamental to a free society. Free speech must be protected.

“This is not just about cartoons or offence. If violence is allowed to win, free speech – and all of our ability to be who we are, practice what religion we like, have relationships with whomever we want – dies.”

2 responses to “Index on Censorship statement on blasphemy debate attack in Copenhagen”

  1. JeffElberfeld says:

    Interesting. I remember a different tone when Theo van Gogh was murdered. Back then shooting a person to death was applauded as a “marvellous piece of theatre” by the Index.
    As far as I know, the Index never replaced that opinion on the THeo van Gogh for an other one.
    It makes you wonder what kind of shivers Ms Ginsberg and her staff got from the recent Danish “piece of theatre.”

  2. RalphMusgrave says:

    So who has Jodie Ginsberg voted for over the last fifteen years or so: one of those pro-mass immigration “lets Islamise Europe” parties: Labour, Tories or Lib Dems?  If so she’s voted for Jihadi violence on European soil: wherever there are large numbers of Muslims there’s likely to be Jihadis.

    So Jodie, I suspect you’ve got what you voted for. Personally I’ve supported one of those dreadful “far right” parties which wouldn’t have allowed Muslims into the UK. So don’t blame me for threats to free speech.