The Copenhagen Shootings

University of York's English Pen Society

This weekend’s attacks in Copenhagen have been condemned by English PEN as an assault on freedom of expression.


On Saturday, 14th February, an attack took place at a café in Copenhagen during an event on free speech. One man was killed during this attack. That night, it is believed that the same suspect opened fire outside a synagogue, also in Copenhagen, killing another man. In the early hours of Sunday a further attack took place, killing a police officer on guard in the Norrebo District. The suspect was then shot dead.

“The shocking attack in Copenhagen seeks to shut down freedom of expression and intimidate anyone who wishes to discuss current challenges to free speech publicly.

English PEN deplores this violent assault on a peaceful gathering – an unacceptable attempt to silence debate. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims.”

Freedom of expression has received a lot of…

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