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Europe is becoming more and more Orwellian
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, August 07, 2007

More banning suggested for Europe:
As European leaders move to ban Internet hate speech and seek support from the United States, civil liberties groups charge that the proposal would violate free-speech rights.

The Council of Europe—not to be confused with the European Union—comprises 44 European countries, plus a handful of non-European nations. Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States have observer status only, but their comments are sought.

The council recently voted to outlaw "acts of a racist and xenophobic nature conducted through computer systems." The measure was added to the Convention on Cybercrime, criminalizing hacking, intellectual property violations, and use of computers to commit fraud. The first set of rules was signed in November 2001.

The non-European members are being asked to endorse the hate-speech provision at a meeting in late January.
Surely I don't have to say that much about why I find this a very disturbing trend. First you can't deny the holocaust or you go to jail. Now they want to ban speech because they've arbitrarily decided that eliminating "hate speech" (however they choose to define it) is more important the allowing freedom of speech.

Thankfully, at least for now, the Department of Justice in the US has offered no support for this particular law citing the fact that such a law is incompatible with the 1st Amendment guarantee of free speech.
The agreement defines racist and xenophobic material as "written material, images or other representations of ideas or theories advocating, promoting or inciting hatred, discrimination or violence against individuals or groups, based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin, or religion."

"It's a terrifying prospect," says James Gattuso, a research fellow for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. "It's inherently dangerous for governments to define what appropriate speech is. You can't define or limit speech without chilling speech."

The protocol is subject to interpretation, he notes. "If you have a cartoon criticizing French foreign policy, would the French government have recourse?" he asks. "I don't see anything that would exclude that."
Nor do I. Remember the Muhammad cartoons and figure out where that all ends up if this law were in place at the time. Any European blog which had published them in solidarity with the paper in question would have been guilty of a hate crime.
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Publishing Mohammad cartoons = crime in Europe

Muslims rioting over their publication = tolerated in Europe.

Enjoy your Sharia cesspool boys...
Written By: shark
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Try New York City.
Written By: Billy Beck
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Europe has always supported Free Speech....
Written By: Joe
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Europe is full of free speech haters and I hate them for that.

Written By: Grimshaw
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Does this mean that European won’t be able to say bad things about the US of A any more ?

I find it hateful, and it makes me upset. (that ought to do it)
Written By: Neo
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Seems that NYC is trying to catch up.

After banning the n-word, they are now trying to ban the b-word (it rhymes with itch)
Written By: Neo
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To Commit a Hate Crime, Must the Criminal Truly Hate the Victim?

Seems the answer is NO. Who’d a thunk it.
Written By: Neo
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i think this is just the begging of a big problem that will hit very soon my friends both in our life times and the next,
its starting with this kind of small law inforcement, it will then be reinforced when the identiy cards for england and possiblly the whole of europe come in, the government plan to be able to trace ervry body in the next ten years down to what you had to lunch.
welcome to the begging of onestate my friends and kiss your freedom as a human being goodbuy
Written By: sean timberwolf

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