Gates of Vienna has been reporting recently on the trial, conviction, and sentencing of the family of Ghazala Khan for her
honor-killing murder in Slagelse, Denmark. During a 36-hour period on Wednesday and Thursday I noticed that a lot of internet searchers were finding their way here, looking for Ghazala Khan. Out of 295 searches during that time, 119 (more than 40%) were trying to find out more information about her.
Re-creating some of the searches showed that Gates of Vienna was indeed in the top three sites listed, in most instances.
I’ve standardized the spelling and punctuation of the search strings involved in order to consolidate the statistics in the table below:
|denmark killing women||1||0.3%|
|father jail danish honor killing||1||0.3%|
|ghazala khan abu laban||1||0.3%|
|ghazala khan blog||1||0.3%|
|ghazala khan convicted||1||0.3%|
|ghazala father brother denmark prison aunt in law years||2||0.7%|
|ghazala khan ghulam abbas||1||0.3%|
|ghazala khan honor||2||0.7%|
|ghazala khan denmark honor killing||4||1.4%|
|ghazala khan kill||1||0.3%|
|ghazala khan killing||3||1.0%|
|ghazala khan malkin||1||0.3%|
|ghazala khan murder||3||1.0%|
|ghazala khan site:.com||1||0.3%|
|ghazala khans husband||1||0.3%|
|honor killing case denmark||1||0.3%|
|danish honor killing||30||10.2%|
|honor killing ghazala||1||0.3%|
|honor killing of ghazala khan||1||0.3%|
|honor killing sentence denmark||1||0.3%|
|honor killing slagelse||1||0.3%|
|honor killing trial in denmark||1||0.3%|
|honor killings viking||1||0.3%|
|news ghazala khan||1||0.3%|
|nine family member denmark||1||0.3%|
|sentence killing daughter denmark||1||0.3%|
|stories of honor killings ghazala khan||1||0.3%|
|symbols of courage in denmark||1||0.3%|
|true story about murder of ghazala khan in copenhagen||1||0.3%|
Most of the searches seemed to originate from within Denmark. I couldn’t pull the countries of origin for the ISPs directly from the site meter statistics, since I was dealing with a subset of all the searches; instead, I had to go through the details of each search individually. It was a laborious and time-consuming process, and I ran out of steam after doing 58 of them, but here’s the breakdown for those:
|The rest of Europe||6||10.3%|
Of the non-Danish Europeans, three were from Sweden. Most of the “other” locations were in the USA and Australia, but there was one from the UAE and one from Turkey.
What puzzles me is why the Danish searchers were looking in English-language sources for information about the case. On Wednesday and Thursday, when I was looking for information in the online Danish newspapers, there seemed to be plenty of stories available about Ghazala Khan and the trial; there was no news blackout. So why would Danish readers need to do English-based searches in Google?
Do the Danes doubt the accuracy or completeness of information in their own media? Or are there other reasons for these searches? Scandinavian readers are welcome to venture their opinions in the comments.
Dymphna’s theory is that the Danes want to see how the news media in the Anglosphere are handling the story. If that’s the case, they must have noticed by now that our MSM outlets — the keepers of Truth, the guardians of the portals to all news worth reading — were almost completely silent on the topic.