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Holocaust Deniers Denied Free Speech By EU?

by | 19th, April 2007

HOLOCAUST deniers, people who shout at pigeons and other loons beware – the EU is denying your right to free speech

As Dizzy writes,  “a while back now the Devil’s Kitchen wrote a couple of angry posts about how the EU wanted to make holocaust denial a criminal offence and essentially lock down free speech.”

And now the FT has commented on the matter:

“Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union…

“Offenders will face up to three years in jail under the proposed legislation, which will also apply to inciting violence against ethnic, religious or national groups.

Diplomats in Brussels voiced confidence on Tuesday that the controversial plan, which has been the subject of heated debate for six years, will be endorsed by member states. However, the Baltic countries and Poland are still holding out for an inclusion of ‘Stalinist crimes’ alongside the Holocaust in the text – a move that is being resisted by the majority of other EU countries.

The latest draft, seen by the Financial Times, will make it mandatory for all Union member states to punish public incitement ‘to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin’.

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