It has just been announced that my friend Lars Hedegaard, a Danish journalist and frequent critic of Islamic fundamentalism, has narrowly survived an assassination attempt at his home in Denmark. The BBC is reporting:

‘Police said a gunman in his 20s rang the doorbell at Mr Hedegaard’s Copenhagen home pretending to deliver a package and then fired a shot to the head which missed. TV2 News reported that the gun then jammed, there was a scuffle and the attacker ran off.’

Thankfully Lars has not been hurt in the attack. The Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, has condemned the attack, saying:

‘It is even worse if the attack is rooted in an attempt to prevent Lars Hedegaard using his freedom of expression.’

One irony of which is that the Danish state did everything it could over recent years to prevent Lars using his freedom of expression.

I’ll try to post more on this story when more is known.

Tags: Denmark, Freedom of speech, Islamism, Terrorism