Denmark

Denmark

A woman speaks out, changing everything

Free speech in Denmark is guaranteed by article 77 of its 1849 constitution, which says: “Every person shall be at liberty to publish their ideas in print, in writing, and in speech, subject to their being held responsible in a court of law. Censorship and other preventive measures shall never again be introduced.” A self-regulatory upheaval was triggered in the Danish media when popular TV host Sofie Linde revealed, during a widely-viewed entertainment broadcast in August 2020, that early in her career a senior broadcasting executive had pressured her for sexual favours. This revelation, quickly followed by a joint letter from nearly 600 women journalists denouncing sexism in the workplace, had an explosive impact on Danish society and focused universal attention on this issue. #MeToo had made little impact in Denmark three years earlier, when editors insisted there was no sexual harassment within their organisations. But now, all the media conducted internal investigations and discovered hundreds of incidents. Two well-known TV presenters were fired, as were many other employees. And the Danish media are now drafting a code of conduct aimed at ensuring ethical conduct in this domain. Another significant development in 2020 was inventor Peter Madsen’s confession to journalist Kim Wall’s murder in 2017, which had produced a lasting impact in Denmark and for which Madsen had been sentenced to life imprisonment the following year.

4
in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-1

3 in 2020

Global score

+0.44

8.13 in 2020

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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