November 6th, 2007

Это провал


"Turkey, which hopes to join the European Union, will soften the law, which makes denigrating Turkish identity, or insulting the country's institutions, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison. The European Union has said it does not fit within the bloc's standards of free speech, and has been one of the stumbling blocks to Turkish accession since talks began in 2005."

Speaking of European standards of free speech, how about the law that threatens Holocaust-deniers with prison sentence?

Disclaimer: I personally think that denying a well-documented German effort to kill all Jews in Europe is a very strong indicator of anti-Semitism. But I also believe that a law that doesn't let people freely express their opinion, whatever it may be, is an oppressive and an unjust law. Besides, a person in a free country has every right to be an anti-Semite if he so wishes. As long as he doesn't try to act on it.