The Friday demo protesting Dagbladet‘s printing of the most controversial Mohammed caricature proved to be remarkably predictable, taking Norway’s calm and rational setting and the only slightly hysteric state of its national press.
The protest, which attracted somewhere between 2500-3000 demonstrators, managed to be both completely peaceful yet illegal, measured yet threatening. And when it was all over, of course the Progress Party (FrP) said that the event proved that Norway was not in the throes of ‘stealth Islamization’, but openly roaring down the road to Islamization.
The demonstration was reported live as having turned ‘illegal’, when it began Continue reading
The Mohammed caricature\cartoons are causing trouble again, and this one is turning into a highly complex scenario, with all sorts of room for conspiracy theories and spiraling fury. At the moment a major demonstration is planned, and this will likely be a pivotal event, as it has the potential to be a show of widespread support for Muslims offended by this kind of chronic provocation, or it could turn into a real mess. The web sites of Dagbladet and leading tabloid VG were brought down by ‘hackers’ last night, though it is not clear yet Continue reading
If newspaper Drammens Tidende may have been stoking the fires of controversy in its coverage of various Progress Party activities linked to the Mohammed cartoons that have been back in the headlines recently, their coverage has now become distinctly serene. Now they have been speaking to Muslims.
“We don’t give a toss about this. Continue reading
Having a quick scan of the midday news, I was surprised at first not to see a peep about the Progress Party’s specially commissioned Mohammed caricature/cartoon for their membership magazine, which was published today. Too soon? Or maybe the cautious Norwegian media were just not going to touch this one until absolutely necessary?
Or maybe the Progress Party (FrP) were just exaggerating their bold provocation which aimed to test tolerance and freedom of speech? Continue reading
Norway’s reputation for peace brokering and insistence on dialogue is probably responsible for the relatively free ride it has enjoyed whenever indulging in a bit of Mohammed cartoonery, certainly by comparison with neighbor Denmark who started it all. But now a sudden urge to flex the freedom of speech muscles may change all that.
Norway’s flag was ablaze Continue reading
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Tagged Aftenposten, caricatures, controversy, Denmark, FrP, Mohammed, pakistan, Progress Party, Siv Jensen, VG
The past two days have brought delightful but very different stories. Now attention is very firmly focused on efforts to help ease the devastation in Haiti. Local news is very trivial by comparison, but a number of distinctly Norwegian concerns provide some needed contrast.
Several of the stories or themes mentioned here recently have evolved. The weird case of the children’s TV protest Continue reading
The latest national elections resulted in another term for Norway’s so-called ‘red-green’ coalition, a three-party alliance led by the hugely dominant Labour Party, with their partners the Socialist Left Party (SV) and the agrarian Center Party, providing the extra ballast needed to hold a parliamentary majority.
Nearly ten years ago, if memory serves, I was asked to write a special edition type of news brochure about the Norwegian political system and elections, part of a test project Continue reading