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Denmark


-  Surface area: 43,070 sq. km.

-  Population: 5,320,000

-  Language: Danish

-  Type of State: constitutional monarchy

-  Head of State: Queen Margrethe II

-  Head of government: Anders Fogh Rasmussen



Denmark - Annual report 2002

A neo-Nazi radio station, authorised to broadcast thanks to some of Europe’s most liberal free-speech legislation, was punished for racist comments.

On 7 November 2001 the regulatory board for the audiovisual sector (Radio-og, tv-noeunet) made public its decision to revoke the licence of Radio Oasis, a local Neo-Nazi radio station broadcasting from the National Socialist Party headquarters in Greve, a suburb of the capital, Copenhagen. The board cited a programme broadcast on 28 February in which a presenter voiced his doubts about the intellectual capacities of a Copenhagen town councillor of Pakistani origin, "given her racial origin". The board’s spokesman, Lars Kilhof, noted that the station had been authorised to broadcast in 1995 on the condition that it not issue any racist statements. He justified the board’s tardy reaction - nine months after the incriminated broadcast - by the regulatory board’s infrequent meetings. Jonni Hansen, leader of the neo-Nazi Party and officer at the station, denounced it as a politically motivated decision and appealed against it. The station has been authorised to continue broadcasting pending the appeal’s outcome.



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see also
Introduction
Annual report 2002

Hard times for press freedom
Africa annual report 2002
Asia annual report 2002
Americas annual report 2002
Maghreb / Middle-East annual report 2002