The Twitter exchange below illustrates what passes for “freedom of speech” in Norway, or at least among the Nordic literati who hang out in the rarefied empyrean of the government broadcasting system.
Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer, who translated the piece, includes this note:
I think you’ll find this brief post from Document.no quite interesting. It describes a tweet conversation between Sidsel Wold, former Middle East correspondent for the NRK (the state broadcaster) and two individuals who are highly critical of the Muslim response to the “Innocence of Muslims” trailer.
The translated article from Document.no:
When people ask for trouble they’ll get it
Posting on twitter is revealing. NRK’s former Middle East correspondent Sidsel Wold has a short duel on the Mohammed video which illustrates a mindset that is stagnant. Objections just peel off. One gets a better understanding of the type of information that is being disseminated from Marienlyst [headquarters of NRK – Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation].
Sidsel Wold: No wonder that people reacted to The Mohammad movie. A lousy offensive movie which fuels hatred and was only made to promote animosity and discord.
Liberaleren@S.W. Even people who make lousy movies have the right to express themselves freely and use artistic freedom, don’t you agree? Libya is perhaps not ready for a free public debate?
Sidsel Wold @ Liberaleren. Is the world moving forward by creating primitive hatred that you know very well is only meant to offend other people?
Kloningen@S.W. It is those who respond to statements with violence that should consider whether they contribute to the world moving forward. @ Liberaleren
Sidsel Wold @ Kloningen 1, Everybody who speaks out about the reaction to the film should watch it, be familiar with the circumstances. Not everyone is like ‘us perfect and secular Norwegians’.
Kloningen@S.W. And what on earth has that got to do with it? Do you think it is ever justifiable to respond to a statement with violence?
Sidsel Wold @ Kloningen 1, It is my opinion that when people ask for trouble they’ll get it. Is it wise to mock the prophet in Libya? Enough now. You and others will have to watch the movie, then you can express an opinion about it.