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Robson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-17-07 09:34 PM
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Poll question: EU aims to criminalise Holocaust denial
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Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union, according to a proposal expecting to win backing from ministers Thursday.

Offenders will face up to three years in jail under the proposed legislation, which will also apply to inciting violence against ethnic, religious or national groups.

Diplomats in Brussels voiced confidence on Tuesday that the controversial plan, which has been the subject of heated debate for six years, will be endorsed by member states. However, the Baltic countries and Poland are still holding out for an inclusion of Stalinist crimes alongside the Holocaust in the text a move that is being resisted by the majority of other EU countries.

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http://www.ft.com/cms/s/122134be-ed14-11db-9520-000b5df...

Poll result (42 votes)
Agree (10 votes, 24%)Vote
Disagree (29 votes, 69%)Vote
No Opinion (3 votes, 7%)Vote

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  -EU aims to criminalise Holocaust denial Robson  Apr-17-07 09:34 PM   #0 
  - Disagree.  Matsubara   Apr-17-07 09:36 PM   #1 
  - I think that since it was Europe that suffered the direct impact of the  NCevilDUer   Apr-17-07 09:52 PM   #2 
  - Given their *specific* history, it's not inappropriate.  BlooInBloo   Apr-17-07 09:55 PM   #3 
  - Yet we're SO close to criminalizing non-PC speech in this country. n/t  DCKit   Apr-17-07 10:24 PM   #4 
  - Aaaah.... the clarion-call of racism enablers and defenders.  BlooInBloo   Apr-17-07 10:27 PM   #5 
  - Sorry, I'm just not so far to the left yet that I believe that anyone who doesn't share my opinions  DCKit   Apr-17-07 10:42 PM   #6 
     - Free speech isn't "left vs. right". It's "state control vs. libertarianism".  Alexander   Apr-17-07 10:49 PM   #9 
        - The question is tolerance vs. intolerance  Robson   Apr-18-07 08:00 AM   #11 
  - Don't criminalize thought!  Slyder   Apr-17-07 10:44 PM   #7 
  - EU does not have our Bill of Rights guaranteeing free speech.  Alexander   Apr-17-07 10:47 PM   #8 
  - Parts of Europe have tolerated speech  JustABozoOnThisBus   Apr-18-07 08:18 AM   #12 
  - I agree with Poland  Crunchy Frog   Apr-17-07 11:01 PM   #10 
  - Not quite happening: "only if the effect is incitement to violence or hatred"  muriel_volestrangler   Apr-19-07 11:13 AM   #13 
  - Thanks for update  Robson   Apr-19-07 09:51 PM   #14 
  - The Polish "objection" shows where this leads...  JackRiddler   Apr-19-07 11:05 PM   #15 
 

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