Friday, April 20, 2007

15 minutes

Thanks for everyone's efforts on the EU Xenophobia lark yesterday; here's Bruno Waterfield in the Telegraph.
British bloggers said yesterday that free speech on the internet is under threat from draconian new laws, which could see them jailed for up to three years.

Europe's justice ministers have agreed genocide denial and race hatred legislation that will outlaw remarks on the internet "carried out in a manner likely to incite violence or hatred".

The measures are contained in the European Union's Racism and Xenophobia Directive and could hit controversial European bloggers, even if their websites are hosted in America.

Chris Mounsey, the 29 year old behind The Devil's Kitchen blog, said: "There is potential for this to have worldwide application. Free speech is at the centre of blogging. Part of the reason bloggers can tell the truth is because it is difficult to pin them down. This law tries to do it."

The legislation goes beyond German or Austrian-style bans on denial of the Holocaust to cover those people who question the official history of recent conflicts in Africa and the Balkans.

The directive is set to enter British law before 2010. David Davis, the shadow home secretary, said: "We don't need yet more law to combat racial hatred and incitement to violence. We already have British law dating back to 1861."

Your humble Devil is pleased, proud and privileged, etc. It's not going to stop me doling out the usual kicking to the bastard MSM who have utterly ignored this disgusting and repressive law.

More opinions to come when I've had some sleep

The updates continue.


Unity said...

Nicely done, DK.

And I'm particularly pleased to that the article talks of bloggers generically rather than trying to make this a right-wing thing.

My side of the political divide hasn't woken up to this much as yet, but there are several left wing bloggers who, from their comments on the David Irving case in Austria, would certainly oppose these regulations - Shuggy for one may have something to say on the subject as may some of the left's most openly pro-Israel blogs, includings Harry's Place and Norman Geras.

Ross said...

Well done for getting this noticed.

ICHABOD said...

It really is time we got out of the EU, or invaded Belgium - one or the other!

Anonymous said...

Well I never Unity agreeing with DK,now that is one for the books , well done DK, it cuts across what ever party you agree with ,now gents is it back to the squared ring. :-)

Mr Eugenides said...

I'd say Unity and DK agree on more than you might think. See, we can be civilised when we try...

Pie Eyed Piper said...

Deary deary me. Genuinely frightening.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

Over at the ASI, they are posting some of the winning entries of the Young Writers on Liberty. One does not want to put such keen minds off,...