Guess Which Government is Threatening to Censor Free Speech?


Trump’s America?

Nah. The European Union Parliament — which I’m guessing is just a tad more ‘liberal’ in the American understanding of the word. Again, it is the progressive who advocates mandated ignorance — even of things which are being discussed in a politically elected parliament:

Cyprus Mail:

The European Parliament is to crack down on racism and hate speech in its own house by cutting its live feed during publicly broadcast debates if any MEP is deemed to be saying anything offensive, the UK’s Press Association reported on Sunday.

According to the report, representatives have granted special powers to the parliament’s president to axe the live broadcasts, and to delete any offending video or audio material afterwards so the public will have no inkling as to what has been said.

It says, however, the rules on what is considered offensive are not clear and there are concerns about manipulation and censorship. Often ‘hate speech’ accusations are used against those with different political opinions.

Yeah, that’s my point. Saying “there sure are a lot of people from outside Europe here these days,” would probably get you silenced.  How about “Maybe it’s time to really take a good look at who gets in…” That’s probably too much as well.

When governments censor political speech, there had better be a really good reason. “Not wanting to offend…” is not really a good reason.

The move is believed to be connected with the rise of populist politicians across Europe, some like France’s Marine Le Pen who have a voice in the European Parliament and who use it to send out their message via the live broadcast.
PA said that beyond routine shouting matches, members occasionally wear T-shirts with slogans or unfurl banners. Flags adorn some members’ desks.

Still, not my country. I’m just a guy who sees stupid ideas like this spread all over the world. 

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3 Responses to Guess Which Government is Threatening to Censor Free Speech?

  1. onwyrdsdream says:

    “deemed to be saying anything offensive”
    subjective judgement employed to stop speech means that ANYTHING can be deemed offensive if they don’t want it publicized. Nothing is more offensive to these sorts that letting people know where the trouble lies. You can talk about anything you want as long as it isn’t anything that really matters.

    “and to delete any offending video or audio material afterwards”
    The great thing about no one knowing what the offending material is is that the material doesn’t even need to be offending.

    Is the European Parliament opened to the public? Because it sounds like it is in dire need of a subversive transcriptionist.

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  2. John “Minemyown” Doe says:

    Same people who came up with this jewel:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commission_Regulation_(EC)_No._2257/94

    This regulation requires that bananas of the highest quality classification not have “abnormal curvature”

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  3. crawford421 says:

    MY GOD, THEY HAVE FLAGS ON THEIR DESKS!!!

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