Charlie Hebdo Free Speech Mark Steyn


”Charlie Hebdo had to bear the burden of defending free speech almost single handed.

In today’s editorial for the Helsingin Sanomat, the usual weak-in-the-knees, poor you not me, pablum was offered. No real solidarity from the leading paper in Finland, they’re the poster child for fake journalistic ethics.

NOTE: Let it be known that the HS refused to reprint the Jyllands-Posten pics of Mohamed at the time, and only then after the pics themselves were the subject of the news, not in solidarity with the J-P. Here the HS dishonors the men murdered by claiming that they are in solidarity with them, when they didn’t even reprint any of the CH’s own cartoons. Some ”solidarity”, the shmucks.

Thursday’s papers: Paris attack reaction,

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest-circulation daily, declared ‘Je Suis Charlie’, ‘I am Charlie’, the cry taken up on social media in solidarity with the victims of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris. The inside page carries a quote from the paper’s editor Kaius Niemi, who says that “defending freedom of speech in Europe is now more important than ever. It would be good to hear from those political and religious leaders who have been targets of Charlie Hebdo’s satire.”

The paper also asked other Finnish editors for comments. Yle’s Atte Jääskeläinen said that “we’ve always been clear that we won’t allow threats to prevent publication.”

Aamulehti editor Jouko Jokinen said that he would not publish material just to annoy people, but that “the decision has to remain in the newsroom”.

Risto Uimonen, the chair of Finland’s press watchdog the Council for Mass Media in Finland, seemed to affirm a Clash of Civilisations narrative about the attack.

“This is a strong attack on democracy and freedom of speech,” said Uimonen. “It pits two understandings of democracy, western and Islamic, against each other–and they can’t be reconciled.”

Could it happen in Finland?

Ilta-Sanomat went to the Finnish Security Intelligence police, Supo, to ask if this kind of thing could happen in Finland. They got a simple answer and little reassurance.

“The authorities say that this kind of thing is possible,” said Supo’s Tuomas Portaankorva. “Information about these kinds of threats is coming in all the time.”

Even so, Portaankorva said that Finland was not the specific target of any threat in the wake of the Paris attacks, and the authorities had no plans to raise the threat level in Finland. Yle


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