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European Union Applies 'Hate Speech' Rules To Internet

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posted on Sep, 27 2005 @ 04:55 PM
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European Union Applies 'Hate Speech' Rules to Internet

Opposition to multiracialism, homosexuality, immigration effectively banned under new Internet rules.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union will be launching new Internet broadcasting rules later this year.

"The European Commission had a duty to protect shared European values," EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding (pictured) told a broadcasting conference in Liverpool, England. "Who in this room... stands for the freedom to spread incitement to racial hatred on the new media?"

Reding said there was a "broad consensus that hate speech rules should also apply to the Internet."

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EU Prepares Internet Laws

European Union officials insisted on Thursday that they had no plans to regulate the internet, as the EU prepares to launch new broadcasting rules later this year.

"I have no intention to 'regulate the internet'," EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding told a broadcasting conference in Liverpool, in the United Kingdom.

However, she said the European Commission had a duty to protect shared European values.

"Who in this room is in favour of child pornography on the new media? Who stands for the freedom to spread incitement to racial hatred on the new media?"

She said there was a broad consensus that child protection and hate speech rules should also apply to "non-linear" services, such as pay TV or internet broadcasts.

Internet firms and some broadcasters have firmly voiced their opposition to an EU-wide law over content.

BBC director-general Mark Thompson said on Wednesday that regulators needed to be realistic about how practical and desirable it was to enforce content in an on-demand, online world.

He said that self-regulation grounded in continuous research into public attitudes was a better option for new media.

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Pretty interesting since it looks like us here in the U.S. are going to be passing a new federal anti-hate bill.

Orwellian federal “anti-hate” bill, AMDT.2662 (The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2005)

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posted on Sep, 27 2005 @ 10:23 PM
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This is another one of those slippery slope things isn't it. In my opinion censor one type of speech you endanger all types of speech. I'm not in favor of cross burnings or anything like that but as long as its just words they can't hurt you.



posted on Oct, 27 2005 @ 12:57 AM
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The neutering of the human mind. Screw that. People have a right to say whatever they believe. As long as they dont act on it in a way that endangers others, I say, who cares? One mans hate speech is another mans sermon. This will supress freedom of religon, since both Islam and Christianity both believe homosexuality is sinful and dangerous.



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 03:23 PM
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Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
The neutering of the human mind. Screw that. People have a right to say whatever they believe. As long as they dont act on it in a way that endangers others, I say, who cares? One mans hate speech is another mans sermon. This will supress freedom of religon, since both Islam and Christianity both believe homosexuality is sinful and dangerous.




sure, they believe if they control what people talk, they indirectly control what people think, apparently.

who will explain to them in full detail just how wrong they are? let's hope it's a jury... although a few people with rifles will do if all else fails



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 03:38 PM
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"Hate speech" legislation is just a precursor to "thoughtcrime."

The governments of the world are making a decisive move to restrict what people can legally say, and, by extension, what they can legally think, and, by doing it under the guise of "hate speech," they're ensuring that the leftists-- the traditional advocates of free speech-- are on their side.

The way in which this power-drunk scumbag presented the issue is particularly odious-- "Who in this room... stands for the freedom to spread incitement to racial hatred on the new media?" is designed SOLELY to squelch any possible dissent. Nobody is allowed to support the freedom to express one's ideas-- they are only allowed to support or oppose "racial hatred."

Makes me wonder if Commissioner Reding has stopped beating her lesbian lover yet...



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