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EU Hipocrisy and Lionheart, Amongst Others

Posted by Exile on January 16, 2008

This is a direct copy of a press release from the offices of the EU press services. Notice please, the date. How things have changed since 2006. It could be useful in the defence of people like Lionheart.

Citizens’ rights – 18-07-2006

Internet in chains?
pict_20060718pht09899.jpg The “fight for freedom of expression has today largely shifted on-line” the European Parliament notes in a resolution adopted during its July plenary. In view of the ever more far-reaching methods of controlling the Internet and the increasing number of so called “cyber-dissidents”, the Parliament calls for an EU code of conduct to limit western businesses that contribute to censoring the internet in repressive countries. The US is already preparing a similar measure.

“The Internet has become the means of expression for political dissidents, human rights defenders and independent journalists worldwide” the Parliament notes. At the same time, authoritarian governments use more and more sophisticated filtering and surveillance technology – often coming from western companies. The Chinese government has even persuaded companies such as Yahoo, Google and Microsoft to facilitate the censorship of their services.

Imprisoned in Cyberspace?

According to human rights organisations, most of the cyber-dissidents detained in prison are in China a country which recently concluded an agreement with the search engine “Google” to operate there as long as certain web pages were blocked. The Paris-based “Reporters Without Frontiers” group which campaigns for press freedom have been particularly critical of China which has its share of “cyber-dissidents”. They include the recently released Chinese blogger and documentary filmmaker Hao Wu, the journalist Shi Tao and cyber-dissident Yang Zili.

Convinced that the freedom of expression is a key yardstick to judge whether a society is democratic and open, the [EU] Parliament strongly condemns restrictions on Internet content (apart from when it is illegal), as well as the harassment and imprisonment of Internet users. It calls on the EU to take steps to promote free speech on the web and to help release detained Internet users.

Hmmm.. Try telling that to those that are set on arresting Lionheart and those that have closed the Finnish blogger TomaShot down. Why isn’t the EU parliament up in arms about Ezra Levant in Canada? Or the Saudi blogger, Fouad? Or the Israeli blogger, whose name escapes me as I write.
This is the ultimate EU hypocrisy.
I am not a conspiracy theorist as a rule, but it is my belief, that before long, we will see at least one blogger in every european country being arrested or closed down by their government. I believe there are immediate plans afoot to set an international precedent to limit us on the net.

But hear me now, EU politicians. If one does not agree with the overall social democratic line of the EU policies, is one not a dissident? Are these not the ones to whom you seek to give reassurances of the freedom of expression? Is Lionheart also not one of these? Or is this openminded thinking only valid for people outside the EU?

Parliament’s President Borrell raises concerns.

During his visit to China last week, EP President Josep Borrell welcomed the release of cyber-dissident Hao Wu – a week after the Parliament adopted its resolution that referred to his case. “There is still a long way to go and I raised Parliament concerns about remaining restrictions on the freedom of expression” the President said in a statement concluding his visit.

President Borrell also called upon China to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which article 19 seeks to guarantee unrestricted freedom of expression.

So you tell me, Mr. Borell, what the hell happened? I expected censorship in China. It is still oppressive in the extreme, and still communist. But why Europe?

What are you afraid of?

All us dissidents, I presume.

For your elucidation, here is article 19 of the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:

Article 19

  1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
  2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.
  3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:
    1. For respect of the rights or reputations of others;
    2. For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.

2 Responses to “EU Hipocrisy and Lionheart, Amongst Others”

  1. reformislam said

    Canada: Freedom of Speech succumbing to Kangaroo Courts of the Human Rights Commission

    Proceedings against Ezra Levant are nothing short of ridiculous, but let’s consider the implications for moderate Muslims. This “investigation” will further divide Muslims and non-Muslims in Canada. It will give credence to radicals’ claims that the West is at war with Islam. It will antagonize non-Muslims and moderate Muslims will be pushed towards radicalization. Regardless of the outcome, once again Islamists skillfully manipulated Dhimmi justice system and came out as clear winners. Thank you, Human Right Commission!

    Muslims Against Sharia are proud to be the first Muslim group to publicly support Ezra Levant and denounce HRC inquisition

    Sign Free Dominion Against the HRCs Petition

    Thankyou. I have shortened the link titles, they ran off the page!
    Your links are still intact.

  2. 1389ad said

    Wow… an object lesson in how power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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