Solberg strikes back at comments after teacher murder

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) writes on Monday that it is pure nonsense that she does not believe that the terrorist murder of Samuel Paty was also an attack on freedom of expression.

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) writes on Monday that it is pure nonsense that she does not believe that the terrorist murder of Samuel Paty was also an attack on freedom of expression. Photo: Jil Yngland / NTB

– In a comment on Twitter, I wrote that we must stand together against attacks on freedom of thought and enlightenment. It has been interpreted by many as meaning that I do not believe that this was also an attack on freedom of expression. It’s just nonsense, she writes on her blog about the murder of the history teacher in a suburb of Paris on Friday.

Solberg says she defends freedom of expression anytime, anywhere and to anyone – even when the statements are perceived as offensive to a religion or something else.

– Freedom of thought on the one hand, and freedom of speech and enlightenment on the other, are inextricably linked. No freedom of thought, no freedom of speech and information. Therefore, this attack was also an attack on freedom of expression, writes the Prime Minister.

Twitter messages got, among others, FRP leader Siv Jensen to send a written question to Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H), writes Dagen.

– When did the government think it was okay to replace the constitutional freedom of expression with freedom of thought, and what does the government mean by this? Jensen asks.

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