Lars is a Danish historian, journalist and author. He established the International Free Press Society in 2004 and Dispatch International in 2012. Originally a historian and a high school teacher, he was one of the editors of the Fundamental history series of books, and edited a volume of the ‘Hvem Hvad Hvor’ (“Who What Where”). In the 2000s, he wrote a column called “Roughly Said” for the newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
Hedegaard is known as a critic of Islam. According to him, he was dismissed from Berlingske Tidende after he ignored repeated requests from the management to mitigate his criticism of Islam. In 2011, he was convicted of hate speech under the Article 266b of the Danish Penal Code, and fined 5,000 kroner.
He had made critical remarks against the Islamic society. On 5 February 2013, an unknown person posing as a postman attempted to shoot Hedegaard in his house. The attempt failed, and the assailant escaped. The Danish Prime Minister condemned the attack and said the case was even more severe if the motive was to prevent Hedegaard from exercising hi right to free speech.