Hedegaard was charged with racism after he made a series of critical statements about Islam and Muslims that included comparing Islam to Nazism and the claim that Muslims rape their own children. He was cleared by the High Court in 2011.
IB Times The assassination attempt has been linked to the launch of a weekly newspaper, Dispatch International, highly critical of Islam, to which Hedegaard is a contributor. “He [Hedegaard] has been chairman [of the International Free Press Society] for 10 years,” Swedish journalist and Hedegaard’s partner, Ingrid Carlqvist, said. “We are sure the attack has everything to do with the weekly newspaper.”
The writer expressed support for outspoken Islam critics in Europe including Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who sparked the Mohammed cartoon controversy in 2007, and far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders.
Sun News’ Michael Coren with Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedergaard on the war against criticism of Islam: