Denmark: Artist convicted of racism in ‘artistic manifesto’

Danish-Iranian artist Firoozeh Bazrafkan was handed a US$ 1,000 fine on 16 September 2013 when the Western High Court in Denmark found her guilty of racism. She says Iranian secret police discuss wanting to kill her because she is an apostate.

News paper clippings about Firoozeh's art work

She had been charged by Aarhus Police of violating anti-racism legislation, section 266 b of the penal code, after publishing a blog entry in Jyllands-Posten newspaper in December 2011.

In an interview with Copenhagen Post, published on 18 September 2013, Firoozeh Bazrafkan argued that anti-racism legislation is stifling free expression. She said her right to criticise religion is supposed to be protected by Article 10 of the European Court for Human Rights, which protects freedom of expression and she was disappointed that the court did not protect this right.

“My blog in Jyllands-Posten newspaper didn’t threaten anyone, it was a criticism of Islamic codes. I wrote it as an artistic manifesto to show that we cannot say what we want and we cannot criticise Islamic regimes,” Firoozeh Bazrafkan said.

Asked whether she had been threatened, she replied that one person had said he wanted to “chop her up and feed her to his dogs.” Firoozeh Bazrafkan reported this to the police but they didn’t charge him because the threats “weren’t threatening enough.” She also told that she is aware that there are websites where the Iranian secret police discuss wanting to kill her because she is an apostate.


Copenhagen Post – 18 September 2013:
Artist convicted of racism speaks out
Firoozeh Bazrafkan was found guilty of racism for her comments about Muslim men, but she argues that anti-racism legislation is stifling the critique of religion. Article by Peter Stanners


Copenhagen Post – 18 September 2013:
Danish-Iranian artist convicted of racism
Firoozeh Bazrafkan was found guilty of racism after writing in her blog that Muslim men use Islam to justify violence against women. Article by Peter Stanners


Previous article about Firoozeh Bazrafkan’s case:

Artsfreedom.org – 18 December 2012:
Denmark: Art happening or hate speech?


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