COPENHAGEN — When a would-be assassin disguised as a postman shot at —
and just missed — the head of Lars Hedegaard, an anti-Islam polemicist
and former newspaper editor, this month, a cloud of suspicion
immediately fell on Denmark’s Muslim minority.
Politicians and pundits united in condemning what they saw as an attempt to stifle free speech in a country that, in 2006, faced violent rage across the Muslim world over a newspaper’s cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Since then, the newspaper that first printed the images, Jyllands-Posten, has been the target of several terrorist plots.
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