Thursday, March 22, 2012

The death of free speech

The death of free speech

Muslim religious censorship of the internet is taking place in Bangladesh. Once again, Islamic values take precedence over freedom of speech.

In Sweden the press is doing the Islamists job of censorship by refusing to allow free discussion of the Muslim influx into the country.

Both cases are the direct result of the global Muslim expansion of power we have seen in the past twenty years. It’s understandable in Muslim majority countries, but to see Sweden sucumb to such pressure is most distressing.


The Death of Free Speech in Sweden

Posted By Bruce Bawer On March 22, 2012 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage

Earlier this month, under the headline “Words are not innocent,” the Swedish newspaper Dagbladet ran an opinion piece by its cultural editor, Kaj Schueler, which was, essentially, an attack on Sweden’s newly minted Free Press Society. It was one of several such attacks directed at the organization in recent weeks by members of Sweden’s mainstream media, all of which made essentially the same arguments as Schueler – who, early in his article, summed up his position as follows: “According to the Free Press Society, we no longer have real freedom of speech in Sweden. They are wrong – we have it. But since words are not innocent, there are limits to free speech.”

As the rest of Schueler’s article made clear, he wasn’t referring here to the kind of reasonable “limits” on free speech that prohibit, for example, direct incitement to violence and murder. No, he was talking about much broader and vaguer and more pernicious “limits” – the kind that ban, for example, “offensive” statements, or, more specifically, statements that certain groups of people might object to as “offensive.”



Bangladesh to shut FB pages for blasphemy

A Bangladesh court yesterday ordered authorities to shut down five Facebook pages and a website for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed, the Qur’an and other religious subjects, a lawyer said.

Dhaka High Court judges Mirza Hussain Haider and Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar ordered the telecommunications regulator, home ministry officials and police to block the offending pages immediately after two university teachers filed a petition seeking action against the publication of offensive material on a few Facebook pages and
another website.