Video "We Have Always Been Aware That This is a Dangerous Project

08 February 2013 8 February 2013

The following interview with Ingrid Carlqvist of Dispatch International was a broadcast by Danish TV Avisen yesterday, the day after a would-be assassin attempted to kill Lars Hedegaard.

Many thanks to Henrik Ræder Clausen for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:


00:00 The latest news about the motive for the assault on Lars Hedegaard. 00:13 This woman is the close colleague and confidante of Lars Hedegaard. 00:17 She was the first he spoke to 00:19 after the attempted murder to which he was subject yesterday. 00:22 On this evening, she stays at a secret location in Sweden. 00:25 But she tells us that she has a clear idea 00:28 about the reason someone would want to kill Lars Hedegaard. 00:32 We are not exactly stupid, neither Lars nor myself, 00:34 and have been aware all along that this is a dangerous project. 00:41 Good evening. The assassination attempt against the journalist and 00:43 author Lars Hedegaard led us today to Sweden. 00:46 Here Lars Hedegaard, in cooperation with the Swedish woman, 00:49 publishes a new and very Islam-critical newspaper. 00:52 It is this newspaper; this issue will be out tomorrow. 00:55 And that might well be the background for the murder attempt. 01:00 At a secret location in Sweden sits the editor and 01:03 chairman of the Swedish Free Press Society, Ingrid Carlqvist. 01:07 She got a phone call yesterday from the Danish chairman and debater Lars Hedegaard, 01:11 after a man disguised as a postman had attempted 01:14 to gun him down at his home in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. 01:17 I was completely shocked. 01:19 One thinks ‘This has to be a joke’, but this is not the stuff for joking. 01:24 I asked him what had happened, and he told me the complete story. 01:28 This evening Danish police searched the home of Lars Hedegaard, 01:32 where during the day they had looked for clues from the perpetrator. 01:35 Danish police have not yet been able to identify the gunman. 01:38 We have some pictures of a man running, 01:40 but nothing we can really use for much. 01:43 We can merely see a dark-haired man wearing a red coat. 01:46 The two closely cooperating partners Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedegaard 01:50 were to finish up yesterday with the editing the latest issue of 01:52 their brand-new newspaper ‘Dispatch International’, 01:55 but Hedegaard obviously had to cancel. 01:58 We have always been aware that this is a dangerous project, 02:02 but it is important, which is why we do it. 02:05 The new newspaper is strongly right-wing, 02:07 and critical about immigration as well. 02:10 Ingrid Carlqvist is convinced that their new newspaper, 02:13 rather than earlier statements by Lars Hedegaard 02:16 in his role as chairman of the Danish Free Press Society, 02:18 is the reason for the assassination attempt. 02:20 What’s new is that the newspaper is now published on a weekly basis, 02:26 filled with revealing, investigative articles about Islam and Islamization. 02:33 The first issue of Dispatch International was published on January 3rd, 02:36 and the internet edition has suffered several hacker attacks. 02:39 The vice-chairman of the Danish Free Press Society, 02:42 Katrine Winkel-Holm, a close friend of Lars Hedegaard, 02:45 also believes that the newspaper can be the cause for the assassination attempt. 02:49 The fact that Lars Hedegaard continues his criticism of Islam, 02:52 loudly, systematically and to great effect in Sweden, 02:55 may be the reason for the attack we have witnessed. 02:59 Lars Hedegaard has penned several editorials in the newspaper, 03:02 and there are indications that Lars Hedegaard thought 03:05 that his words could be provocative. 03:07 In an editorial in the trial issue he wrote: 03:10 ‘In this newspaper we will tell the truth – come what may.’ 03:15 And Lars Hedegaard held fast to that, 03:17 when after the shooting he said this to the news: 03:21 I shall continue to write and speak the truth as I see it, 03:24 and will not allow myself to be intimidated into silence. 03:28 For Ingrid Carlqvist, the attempted murder has personal consequences. 03:33 I was not permitted to stay at home last night; I had to go to a hotel. 03:37 For the coming week, at least, I will be staying somewhere else. 03:43 Claus Buhr, you are standing at the home of Lars Hedegaard, 03:46 where the Danish police were at work earlier this evening. 03:49 Is this Swedish connection a trail taken seriously by the police? 03:55 This is one theory taken into consideration by the large investigative team. 04:00 It is one of several theories, but certainly one of the most plausible. 04:07 But it is important to keep in mind that 04:09 other options do exist, and according to my information, 04:11 the police are also working with other theories. 04:15 This remains a good theory, but one among several. 04:17 Do we know where Lars Hedegaard will be staying tonight? 04:20 I assume that he, just as his colleague from Sweden, 04:23 would be under some form of protection? 04:27 That is true, and he certainly is not here at his home. 04:31 He is at a secure location, a so-called ‘safe house’, 04:34 where he is protected by the Danish police. 04:37 According to the Swedish editor with whom I spoke earlier today, 04:40 he no longer has direct access to his mobile phone or his computer, 04:45 that means that contact to him is somewhat complicated. 04:48 But she says that when she has been in touch with him, 04:51 he appears to be in good spirits, she even told me 04:53 it appears that the shock he should have suffered yesterday 04:56 has not quite materialized in him yet. 04:59 Our home page has extensive coverage of the case. 05:01 It can be found, as usual, at 05:03 Portrait: Lars Hedegaard is a fighter.

For previous posts on the assassination attempt, see the Lars Hedegaard page. (continue reading...)