Racism law set for review
Published 05.08.10 10:40
Minister open to changes in laws criminalising defamation Justice Minister Lars Barfoed is preparing the ground for changes to laws criminalising racist and blasphemous speech on concerns they could be misused as political instruments to restrict free speech. Barfoed, a...

Justice Minister Lars Barfoed is preparing the ground for changes to laws criminalising racist and blasphemous speech on concerns they could be misused as political instruments to restrict free speech.

Barfoed, a Conservative, said he is opening up the laws to discussion, as he felt that to a certain degree it could be argued that they limit freedom of speech. He also said a discussion of their wording could be relevant as there is a risk that they could be used as political instruments to contain and restrict people’s opinions.

The laws cover insulting, threatening or degrading comments on race, skin colour, nationality or ethnic origin, as well as faith and sexual orientation.

Barfoed’s announcement comes a day after the chairman of the Freedom of Speech Society, Lars Hedegaard, was charged under the law for saying that rape was common in Muslim families.

Changes to the law will be discussed at a Conservative party meeting before the beginning of the new parliamentary year in October. Any changes made, though, must still comply with the European Human Rights Convention and other agreements the country has agreed to live up to.
The racism law have every once in a while been used as a weapon by various leftists who run short of arguments and instead try to silence the opposition.

Unfortunately, our current government is opposed to a complety abolishment of this law, claiming that "a certain amount of legal protection must be made towards exposed minorities". For some reason, these exposed minorities are never Danes