Copenhagen - Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which angered the Muslim world by publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad last year, has won a Danish critical journalism award for its initiative, the jury said. Denmark's largest daily was honoured with the Victor Prize for "having opened everyone's eyes by showing how easy it is to introduce cracks in freedom of expression and how so-called political correctness is infiltrating what we believe to be inalienable rights," Hans Engell, the editor of tabloid Ekstra Bladet which awards the prize, said during a prize ceremony in Copenhagen late on Thursday. The Victor Prize, named for the late editor-in-chief of Ekstra Bladet Victor Andreasen, was handed to Jyllands-Posten's editor Carsten Juste. "This prize is awarded to Jyllands-Posten for its adamant defence for months of freedom of expression, which is under threat," Engell told AFP. Freedom of expression "Jyllands-Posten only did its duty: exercise its right to freedom of expression," he added. Juste, guarded by two secret service bodyguards, noted "how fragile freedom of expression is" as he accepted the award, his newspaper reported. The 12 drawings of Muhammad, which first appeared in Jyllands-Posten last September, have sparked violent protests in Muslim countries against Denmark especially, as well as against other European countries where the cartoons have since been reprinted. Islam considers any image of the prophet blasphemous. Both the newspaper and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen have repeatedly refused to apologize for the publication of the cartoons, insisting that freedom of expression is a fundamental right in Denmark.
Lets do a gut-check. We have Christopher Hitchens and those who attended and spoke out at the rally he organized in support of the Danish and freedom of speech. [there are lots of links there to follow for info on that if you want.] Mark Steyn has an article in the Chicago Times about the Ilan Halimi murder in Paris and the MSM's willingness to keep it's eyes closed. There's also ordinary Americans who volunteer to go into the war zone to teach others how to be soldiers. And soldiers and here. Gary Sinise quietly serves. There is not Jimmy Carter (here) (here) or Bob Simon. So in between doing other work today, I'm going to see who I can find who has the guts. My guess is, it's going to be ordinary Americans - us in the fly-over world of Middle America that will stand and deliver. Hopefully, I'll prove myself wrong. I just don't want anyone to forget that Hollyworld, the media and the 'intellectual elite' do not represent the majority of Americans. Middle America is alive, well and will not be putting turbans on, thank you very much! And, most of us carry guns. I'll be updating this with links throughout the day. Feel free to send links you think should be included in this little spur - of - the - moment Gut Check.
What we never imagined was that the free press -- an institution at the heart of those virtues and freedoms -- would be among the first to surrender.
Let's drop this diplomatic silence," said the rector of the Pontifical Lateran University. "We should put pressure on international organizations to make the societies and states in majority Muslim countries face up to their responsibilities."