Category Archives: Freedom of speech

[Redacted] Arrested for [Redacted] Outside [Redacted]: Leeds Crown Court Issues Media Ban

The Leeds Crown Court has issued a UK media ban following the arrest of well-known activist and citizen journalist [redacted] outside [redacted].

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Swift Injustice: The Case of Tommy Robinson

The very first time I set foot in London, back in my early twenties, I kicked up into an adrenaline high that lasted for the entire week of my visit. Never, in later years, did any other place ever have such an impact on me — not Paris, not Rome. Yes, Rome was a cradle of Western civilization, and Paris a hub of Western culture — but Britain was the place where the values of the Anglosphere, above all a dedication to freedom, had fully taken form. Without Britain, there would have been no U.S. Declaration of Independence, Constitution, or Bill of Rights.

In recent years, alas, Britain has deviated from its commitment to liberty. Foreign critics of Islam, such as the American scholar Robert Spencer, and for a time, even the Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders have been barred from the country. Now, at least one prominent native critic of Islam, Tommy Robinson, has been repeatedly harassed by the police, railroaded by the courts, and left unprotected by prison officials who have allowed Muslim inmates to beat him senseless.

h/t Suzanne

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Paul Weston: Britain is Now a Genuine Police State

By Paul Weston

There are a number of court cases taking place in Britain which are subject to reporting restrictions. A good percentage of these — and we really don’t know how many, which I think is rather the idea — relate to Muslim gang-rape trials. Tommy was under a 13-month suspended sentence for previously reporting on a gang-rape trial subject to reporting restrictions. In other words, if he broke the law again he would then serve the jail time as per the initial sentence.

h/t JEH

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GDPR chaos as churches stop prayer requests and charities prepare to halt meals on wheels

Friday’s data protection crackdown has sparked chaos as small companies, charities and religious organisations are misinterpreting the rules.

The new rules, called GDPR, which stands for General Data Protection Regulation, are designed to better protect consumers’ data and stop businesses bombarding them with unwanted marketing material.

Companies that break the rules can now be fined up to 4 per cent of their turnover by privacy watchdogs.

The goal of the GPDR is not the protection of personal information but the advancement of censorship.

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Freedom of Speech Is Taking a Beating

Whittington shrewdly opens with a story that seems like it was lifted from a campus event from this spring. Students rioted to force the administration to fire a professor they intensely disliked. They claimed that they only wanted faculty who said things they approved of. Some of the professor’s colleagues stood up for him, but many others decided that they preferred a quiet university without him. But that wasn’t an American university this year. It was the University of Breslau in 1933. The students were Hitler devotees who objected to the hiring of a Jew to teach law. The parallels between then and now are striking.

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“That was the real intention of the German government: to silence independent voices.”

On our own behalf: The new Data Protection Directive will enter into force in Europe tomorrow

The new Data Protection Directive will enter into force in Europe tomorrow. The German Merkel government has even tightened this directive. Many bloggers and website operators have already given up. That was the real intention of the German government: to silence independent voices.

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British police threaten to prosecute Facebook users under Malicious Communications Act for mocking them

Britain’s police have stumbled into another public relations disaster after threatening to track down and prosecute Facebook users for ridiculing them.

West Yorkshire Police were derided by social media users after sharing a picture of a drugs bust on their Wakefield Rural page. The haul involved a comically small quantity of cannabis, MailOnline reports.

“Wow that’s put a dent in the war on drugs lol” commented one user sarcastically.

“Hope you manage to nail Pablo Escobar this afternoon” added another.

The police force did not see the funny side of the criticism, however, issuing a statement advising that it had banned a number of people from its Facebook page and would track down and pursue prosecutions against anyone being “insulting, abusive, or offensive”.

“Unfortunately we have had to ban a number of people from using this page today,” the statement began.

“I would like to remind everyone that this is a Police page and whatever your thoughts on one of my officers seizing drugs in the community, being insulting, abusive or offensive can and will result in a prosecution under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.”

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UK Proposes Six Year Prison Sentences for Online Posts Against Religion, Transgender

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has drafted changes to public order offences, including anyone perceived as targeting online a “protected characteristics” including “race; sex; disability; age; sexual orientation; religion or belief; pregnancy and maternity; and gender reassignment.”

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Why the left has turned its back on freedom of speech

The left has made many mistakes in recent years. Throwing its lot in with the middle-class misanthropes of the green movement. Lining up with that Byzantine bureaucracy and plunger of the Greek working classes into penury, the European Union. Calling Emily Thornberry ‘kween’ (when actually she’s only a Lady). But its greatest error, the one from which it will struggle to recover, has been its abandonment of freedom of speech. The consequences of the left’s vacating of the field of free speech will be dire and will be felt for many years, not only on the left itself but across the political sphere.

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