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Trykkefrihedsselskabet (literally "press-freedom society" in Danish) is a Danish far-right organization that deals in anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, and counter-jihad activism. It was founded by a group of Islamophobic Danish writers in 2004 after they were denied membership in the Danish PEN association on account of their extreme views.
As a front
The group claims to work to promote freedom of expression, but according to the late Tøger Seidenfaden, former editor-in-chief of Politiken, this is merely a cover for their true purpose, promoting hatred against Muslims and foreigners. Politiken has written in an editoral that Trykkefrihedsselskabet promotes "conspiracy theorist drivel." The self-styled champions of free speech also had a curious selective interpretation of it when it came to who were allowed to participate in one of their debate meetings, refusing entry to a 20-year old university student named Jihad Taha solely on the basis of his Muslim name, despite the fact that he had paid for a ticket to attend. Taha subsequently lost a discrimination suit against Trykkefrihedsselskabet, whose spokesman allegedly called Taha a greedy media whore for suing; while the vice chairman called Taha's behavior impudent and in bad taste, saying he had "overplayed his victim card." Oh, and Taha never had his ticket refunded either, btw.
It seems that Trykkefrihedsprisen is no longer awarded by the society, but has been replaced by Sapphoprisen (the Sappho Award), which has seen recipients such as Melanie Phillips (2009), Eurabia peddler Mark Steyn (2010), Ezra Levant (2014), Roger Scruton (2016), and Tommy Robinson (2019).
- Tøger Seidenfaden kontra Trykkefrihedsselskabet, humanisme.dk
- Trykkefrihedsselskabet står afklædt tilbage, Politiken
- Frikendt for at afvise Jihad: Det var da en glædelig nyhed, Politiken, February 6, 2014
- Trykkefrihedsselskabet angriber Jihad Taha: Han er fræk og usmagelig, Politiken, February 7, 2014
- Trykkefrihedsselskabet måtte gerne afvise Jihad Taha, Politiken, February 6, 2014
- The Sappho Award page on the society’s website.
- Dansk pris til britisk højrefløjsaktivist: 'Han er en ledende ytringsfrihedsforkæmper' (Danish award to British right wing activist: ‘He’s a leading defender of freedom of speech’), by Cathrine Lakmann, DR (The Danish Broadcasting Corporation), January 19, 2020.
- Trykkefrihedsselskabet’s spokeswoman lauded Robinson as a bastion of free speech and democracy, working for ”a free and open English society“ (sic!) when chugging the award his way in a blaze of fear mongering, red baiting and general conspiracy theory rhetoric on January 19, 2020
- The Sappho Award 2019 - Tommy Robinson's speech, from the society’s website, January 21, 2020