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Danish debate in Norway

The last week's debate about Klassekampen, Witoszek and “anti-Islamic networks” shows that Norway has a debate climate with Danish conditions.

Four years ago, a comment in Ny Tid warned against "Danish conditions" in Norway. It involves an extreme preoccupation with the role of minorities. And hair-raising suspicion of debate opponents, where criticism often turns into "attacks on freedom of expression".

After this week's debate in the tabloids, there is no longer any doubt: Norway is now following in Danish footsteps. We have got Norwegian conditions.

On Saturday, Klassekampen wrote that Nina Witoszek, Shabana Rehman and Hans Rustad invite to an "anti-Islamic network". – We should be inspired by the Danes, said Rustad, and referred to Europe's most agitated debate climate.

Rehman called the spread an "organized lie", while she and Witoszek in Dagbladet on Monday wrote that it was a "triple kill". In the Aftenposten they called the KK a "forum against freedom of speech": "Now all fanatics and ideological deeds have been licensed to take us and our friends". Then it was said that Rehman had been killed, but on TV2's Tabloid she said: "What is in the Aftenposten is wrong."

On Tuesday, Aftenposten advised KK to comment on the "forum against Islam" interpretation. While editor Braanen wrote that the newspaper "we contributed to new emotionality in a situation where we rather need sobriety. That's my fault, and I'm sorry. "

Just when we thought we were done with the Mohammed harassment, the Graff drawing, Morgenbladet's Jewish drawing and the Gaarder debates, another round came. The common feature is the boos, the hair soreness, the suspicion. While the debates are really about not being included.

It is nice to be Norwegian in Denmark, but even better in Norway.

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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