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Monday, January 15, 2007

Germany, the EU and the holocaust

McQ at QandO has drawn my attention to the following BBC article. Apparently Germany wants to make holocaust denial a crime across the EU:
Germany hopes to make Holocaust denial a crime across the EU as part of a package of laws it wants to introduce during its presidency of the bloc.
This is not a good thing. See this post for a summary of my views.
Such moves may be seen as curtailing freedom of speech and could prove controversial in several member states. But the German justice minister says she is confident of winning support.
It certainly is a curtailing of free speech and if the EU adopts it then it will be a regression rather than a step forward. See this earlier post from McQ for some reasons why.

My hope is that the UK will reject this on the basis that is does curtail free speech and provides a dangerous, underground breeding ground for the anti-semites in our midst as well as giving cover to the deniers themselves. We should be a free society as an example to others. My fear is that some will use this as another example of British anti-semitism rather than looking to the true motive behind any attempt to block it.


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