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Condolences Following Copenhagen Attacks

16.02.2015

The European Documentary Network offers its condolences to the families of all people who fell victim to intolerance and fanaticism during the past weekend. Whether it was a well respected filmmaker who was cowardly murdered - practically on our doorstep - or 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were cruelly beheaded far away: every lost life is a tragedy. We mourn for each of them and share the pain of those that are left behind.

Finn Nørgaard: Victim of the Copenhagen Attacks

In these difficult days, many of us feel the need to express their rage and indignation against these absurd and inhumane acts. But the dignity of our reaction and the careful choice of our words can be a message of its own. This message is to remind the powers of evil that freedom of speech and thought - and respect for each human’s individuality - will always prevail over violence.

Filmmaker Finn Nørgaard was one of the victims who was killed on 14 February 2015 in an attack on a discussion meeting organized by the Lars Vilks Committee. The meeting was titled "Art, Blasphemy, and Freedom of Expression" and was held at the Krudttønden culture center in Østerbro, just a few blocks away from EDN. One naturally feels deeply touched by such acts of violence, even when victims are generally anonymous. But considering that Finn Nørgaard worked at the Filmhouse on the same floor as we do here at EDN - and we occasionally saw him at our premises - one feels even more miserable when expressing one's condemnation of such acts of violence.

We at EDN would again like to offer our condolences and our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of these recent attacks

Source: Finn Nørgaard, Wikipedia