Defending the right to free speech.
Posted by Exile on November 15, 2006
Well, I might not agree with them, but I defend their right to say what they want publicly. They are neo-fascist, they are extreme right wing, but hell, they are also a part of the debate and they do have a following. This is the article in full, from Jyllands Posten, any emphasis is mine:
Right-wing radio station remains defiant
By The Copenhagen Post
Right-wing Radio Holger continues to broadcast after its licence was revoked by the Radio and TV Board
Right-wing radio station Radio Holger has again run afoul of broadcasting authorities for its alleged racist programming. Despite having its licence revoked last week, the station continues to broadcast.
Radio Holger, which takes its name from Denmark’s mythical guardian, had its licence suspended after failing to deliver a copy of a broadcast to the Radio and Television Board (RTB).
The station, however, has indicated it will only obey a court order to stop broadcasting.
The Documentation and Counselling Centre for Racial Discrimination recently filed a complaint against the station, and RTB followed up by requesting a copy of the broadcast in question.
The board did not receive the recording and the station was ordered to stop broadcasting, an order it has refused.
Radio Holger broadcasts on a shared, public access frequency, making an immediate shut down of the station impossible.
‘Unfortunately if we pull the plug on them, other stations that are broadcasting legally will also be shut off,’ said Christian Scherfig, chairman of RTB. ‘We could possibly seize the equipment through an injunction. Our legal advisor is investigating the possibility.’
RTB has since reported Radio Holger to the police, who will likely slap the station with a fine and possibly confiscate its broadcasting equipment.
The broadcast in dispute occurred on 2 August, when the station aired commentary in the wake of the Lebanese conflict with Israel. At that time, a number of nationalist groups questioned why Lebanese immigrants had returned to Lebanon and complained over the cost of evacuating them to Denmark.
Radio Holger claims that the 6 November deadline set by the board to deliver a tape of the broadcast exceeded the normal three-month period stations are required to retain copies of their programming.
Radio Holger has had its licence revoked before. Should its broadcasting equipment be confiscated as a result of the current dispute, station spokesperson Kaj Wilhelmsen has pledged to move the station’s broadcasts to the internet.
I am not a great fan of censhorship.