Head of Free Press Society steps down

Controversial Islam critic Lars Hedegaard ends nine years as head of Trykkefrihedsselskabet

Author and debater Lars Hedegaard announced today that he is stepping down after nine years as the head of Trykkefrihedsselskabet, the Free Press Society.

"A captain shouldn't abandon a sinking ship," Hedegaard told Jyllands-Posten newspaper. "But Trykkefrihedsselskabet is not taking on water. On the contrary, it is sailing strong, leaving many accomplishments in its wake while many more wait on the horizon."

Hedegaard, 71, is a controversial Islam critic and had to go underground last year following a failed assassination attempt when an unknown person posing as a postman tried to shoot him outside Hedegaard's home.

The Supreme Court aquitted him of racism charges in 2012 after he said in an interview that "girls in Muslim families are raped by their uncles, their cousins and their father".