European Parliament Censors Its Own Free Speech

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Authored by Judith Bergmann via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The rule strikes at the very center of free speech, namely that of elected politicians, which the European Court of Human Rights has deemed in its practice to be specially protected. Members of the European Parliament are people who have been elected to make the voices of their constituents heard inside the institutions of the European Union.

  • The rule can only have a chilling effect on free speech in the European Parliament, and will likely prove a convenient tool in trying to shut up those parliamentarians who do not follow the politically correct narrative of the EU.

  • By lifting Le Pen's immunity while she is running for president of France, the European Parliament is sending the clear signal that publicizing the graphic and horrifying truth of the crimes of ISIS, rather than being received as a warning about what might soon be coming to Europe, instead ought to be punished.

  • Where does this clearly totalitarian impulse stop and who will stop it?

The European Parliament has introduced a new procedural rule, which allows for the chair of a debate to interrupt the live broadcasting of a speaking MEP "in the case of defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior by a Member". Furthermore, the President of the European Parliament may even "decide to delete from the audiovisual record of the proceedings those parts of a speech by a Member that contain defamatory, racist or xenophobic language".

No one, however, has bothered to define what constitutes "defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior". This omission means that the chair of any debate in the European Parliament is free to decide, without any guidelines or objective criteria, whether the statements of MEPs are "defamatory, racist or xenophobic". The penalty for offenders can apparently reach up to around 9,000 euros.

"There have been a growing number of cases of politicians saying things that are beyond the pale of normal parliamentary discussion and debate," said British EU parliamentarian Richard Corbett, who has defended the new rule. Mr. Corbett, however, does not specify what he considers "beyond the pale".

In June 2016, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, addressed the European Parliament in a speech, which drew on old anti-Semitic blood libels, such as falsely accusing Israeli rabbis of calling on the Israeli government to poison the water used by Palestinian Arabs. Such a clearly incendiary and anti-Semitic speech was not only allowed in parliament by the sensitive and "anti-racist" parliamentarians; it received a standing ovation. Evidently, wild anti-Semitic blood libels pronounced by Arabs do not constitute "things that are beyond the pale of normal parliamentary discussion and debate".


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas receives a standing ovation at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 23, 2016, after falsely claiming in his speech that Israeli rabbis were calling to poison Palestinian water. Abbas later recanted and admitted that his claim had been false. (Image source: European Parliament)

The European Parliament apparently did not even bother to publicize their new procedural rule; it was only made public by Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Voters were, it appears, not supposed to know that they may be cut off from listening to the live broadcasts of the parliamentarians they elected to represent them in the EU, if some chairman of a debate subjectively happened to decide that what was being said was "racist, defamatory or xenophobic".

The European Parliament is the only popularly elected institution in the EU. Helmut Scholz, from Germany's left-wing Die Linke party, said that EU lawmakers must be able to express their views about how Europe should work: "You can't limit or deny this right". Well, they can express it (but for how long?), except that now no one outside of parliament will hear it.

The rule strikes at the very center of free speech, namely that of elected politicians, which the European Court of Human Rights has deemed in its practice to be specially protected. Members of the European Parliament are people who have been elected to make the voices of their constituents heard inside the institutions of the European Union. Limiting their freedom of speech is undemocratic, worrisome and spookily Orwellian.

The rule can only have a chilling effect on freedom of speech in the European Parliament and will likely prove a convenient tool in trying to shut up those parliamentarians who do not follow the politically correct narrative of the EU.

The European Parliament lately seems to be waging war against free speech. At the beginning of March, the body lifted the parliamentary immunity of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. Her crime? Tweeting three images of ISIS executions in 2015. In France, "publishing violent images" constitutes a criminal offense, which can carry a penalty of three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros. By lifting her immunity at the same time that she is running for president of France, the European Parliament is sending the clear signal that publicizing the graphic and horrifying truth of the crimes of ISIS, rather than being received as a warning about what might soon be coming to Europe, instead ought to be punished.

This is a bizarre signal to be sending, especially to the Christian and Yazidi victims of ISIS, who are still largely ignored by the European Union. European parliamentarians, evidently, are too sensitive to deal with the graphic murders of defenseless people in the Middle East, and are more concerned with ensuring the prosecution of the messengers, such as Marine Le Pen.

So, political correctness, now effectively the "religious police" of political discourse, has not only taken over the media and academia; elected MEPs are now also supposed to toe the politically correct line, or literally be cut off. No one stopped the European Parliament from passing this undemocratic anti-free speech rule. Why did no parliamentarian out of the 751 MEPs raise red flags about the issue before it became an actual rule? Even more importantly: Where does this clearly totalitarian impulse stop and who will stop it?

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Fireman's picture

The Pedophile Politburo of the EUSSR, in Natostan sewer BrUSsel$ loves....children...!

Looney's picture

 

North Korea, compared to the EU, is a torch of democracy.  ;-)

Looney

nmewn's picture

"The European Parliament apparently did not even bother to publicize their new procedural rule; it was only made public by Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Voters were, it appears, not supposed to know that they may be cut off from listening to the live broadcasts of the parliamentarians they elected to represent them in the EU, if some chairman of a debate subjectively happened to decide that what was being said was "racist, defamatory or xenophobic".

Isn't it wonderful?!

Under the guise of "dimockrazy", long held to be last bastion of full expression of ones own ideas & principles that necessarily comes with a full & open debate & speech...it's absolutely imperative, nay, crucial that the debate be censored lest the useful idiots who voted for them, become restive and upset back home!

espirit's picture

I am so going to use "dimockrazy".

(I hope you don't mind the infringement)

nmewn's picture

NP at all, everything here is open to the public & completely free ;-)

shovelhead's picture

I think they got jealous of CNN's "glitch machine".

Thank heavens they can protect and infantilize their Euro-constituents and save them the anguish of unpleasant and triggering oogyness.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) shovelhead Mar 11, 2017 8:27 PM

Nothing New. Europe's been censoring Free Speech for decades now. Ask those who deny the HoloHoax.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/anti-semitism-is-a-tr...

stizazz's picture

I think you get jailed for that too.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) stizazz Mar 11, 2017 8:28 PM

Yep!!!

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) Mano-A-Mano Mar 11, 2017 8:37 PM

Where's the mention in the article that Israel is an Apartheid state and that IsraHell has been killing Palestinian kids indiscriminately. http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-Dg

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) techies-r-us Mar 11, 2017 8:39 PM

No you won't hear none of that. Except ANTI-SEMITISM everywhere, when Jews are not even Semites.

NidStyles's picture

Oh come on guys, I thought this is what we all wanted.

 

 

Global Jewish dictatorship...

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) NidStyles Mar 12, 2017 3:36 AM

Europe is turning worse than a 3rd world African country.

Wait a minute.. even 3rd world African countries have Free Speech. Just take a look at this:

Malik Obama Posts What He Says is Barack Obama’s Real Birth Certificate…From Kenya!

http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-03-11/malik-obama-posts-what-he-says...

 

 

#ObamaForGuantanamo

Galahad Threepwood's picture

Yeah. And notice that the gate stone will censor your comments on its website

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Mr 9x19's picture

""European Parliament Censors Its Own Free Speech ""

 

lost me at "censors".... since not a single thing came freely from this ton of unelected loadshit.

SWRichmond's picture

They went full retard...Never go full retard.

Faber College had double secret probation.

Bigly's picture

Farage was the only one who could adequately skewer them.

I cannot read this shit anymore.

Everyone has turned into a big pussy. It is global.

 

I am going to take my soma now.  Good night


ebworthen's picture

Now all the EU needs is:  a currency crisis, a charismatic leader, an army, some dive bombers and tanks, and then they can invade Russia again.

nmewn's picture

And book burnings, they simply must have some book burnings! And some provocateurs trading in their pussyhats for black masks while setting dumpsters on fire and breaking some windows.

Maybe Robert Reich could lend them a few of ours ;-)

East Indian's picture

Well, they can invade Russia, no doubt; can they come back home again?

gregga777's picture

Yes, the few survivors can go home again after spending a decade in Siberia as prisoners of war just like their grandfathers did after they lost World War 2. ~5,000 of the ~90,000 survivors of Stalingrad returned home in the 1950's after Stalin died.

mickeyman's picture

I can't remember where I saw this, but there was a story where a Chinese politician was urging NATO to invade Russia--because "Russian needs lots of slave-workers."

nevertheless's picture

America has total free speech, you can say anything you like, but unless it follows the Zionist Globalist agenda, you will never hear it. 

 

Is it still free speech if Facebook, the MSM, Hollywood...never give you a platform for alternative opinions? 

jm's picture

It's their platform. If they want to shut up a bunch of louts, it is their right to do so.

Zero hedge has the right to let people rant about Jews, Muslims, and anybody else when they want to have a five-minutes hate. And they let me call the more lunatic fringe elements on their platform paranoid idiotic scum. It is their platform.

It is merely a difference in business model.

nmewn's picture

Yezzz.

But in your subjective opinion, you seem to accept being silenced by some chosen parliamentarian while denigrating others opinions. So if ZH were not the ZH you know and love...no one would have ever heard your scream tonight, by rule.

So I guess the question becomes, which do you now prefer? ;-)

jm's picture

Respectfully, you are off target. The comment was about Facebook and other forums censoring white supremacists, those who are paid by thugs to pretend to idolize them, those who advocate the genocide of Muslims. Not parliaments and their rules of order, which I think the post is about and, as a standing rule, exaggerates.

But that isn't the problem. The problem is that extremes are magnified on these forums with oh, say, 50 or more fake accounts to magnify the lunacy. The minority fringe and the ulterior nuts become the dominant voices. That is the problem and Facebook doesn't think it is good. Their platform.

As opposed to forums that are cool with all of this because of oh, say... $$$$$$.

Everybody has their agenda, but the rules of engagement are the clincher for me. The thugs and the whores that that get paid by them and the trogs under a rock want you to think all methods are equivalent and all sides are equally worthless. Perhaps they are.

You decide where the virtue is.

Tired of Bending Over's picture

".....off target. The comment was about Facebook and other forums censoring white supremacists...." 

".....the minority fringe and the ulterior nuts become the dominant voices".

No one mentioned 'white supremacists' or 'white supremacy'.  The article is about the EU parliament suppressing the dissemination of statements made within that body so that no one outside the body may hear them.  

Please explain why only non-Jews who are white are 'supremacists' and why Zionist Jews are not supremacists.  Of course, you'll also have to explain when Jews are white and when they are not white, since that's 'fluid' depending on circumstance/situation/relative power to other people.  

We can get to your views of 'fringe' and 'nuts' later. 

 

jm's picture

Read the comment to which i responded. Facebook et al. is not censoring every political comment or debate. Rather it is censoring white supremacists, calls for Muslim genocide, and the like. If there was a Jewish group that called for such, it would be in the line for censoring. I'm sure there are Jews that feel that way, but I haven't seen a forum or group of that type.

There is place for censorship in a democratic society. A bunch of child rapists forming a group shouldn't be allowed a public forum to spread thei agenda, because it emboldens their actions and creates a sense of legitimacy. Especially when the platform can be manipulated with fake accounts and tactics of that type. Facebook, and most people for that matter feel the same way about the groups I mentioned, otherwise the policy wouldn't be in place. The vast bulk of their customers, which is pretty much a big chunk of everyone on the planet, think it is filth and don't associate with it.

Tired of Bending Over's picture

You're correct.  Facebook is quite SELECTIVE as to what speech is censored and banned.  If it isn't approved by the Greater Israel Project, it is banned. 

If a white person thinks and states that he and other white people have every right to work toward the betterment of their race and to work to ensure that their race survives and isn't outbred out of existence, there is nothing in that type of statement that indicates that person is calling for any genocide.  You jump headlong into conclusions, don't you?  

As to several headlines that may interest you, I refer you to:

 

George Ciccariello Maher --who called for white genocide.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/26/george-ciccariello-maher...

 

And Noel Ignatiev who called for white genocide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOyBO-ts20c

 

And Yossi Gurvetz--who tells of how the Talmud called for the genocide of the 'gentiles' or goyim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSy6ENVAJlY

 

And Barbara Spectre (and the leading role of Jews in the genocide of Europe)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFE0qAiofMQ

 

And Mordechai Keder who calls for the rape of Muslim women

http://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/2014/07/israeli-professor-to-deter...


In addition, you stated: "A bunch of child rapists forming a group shouldn't be allowed a public forum to spread thei agenda, because it emboldens their actions and creates a sense of legitimacy."   -----------You may wish to take that comment to the American Psychiatric Association.  Their latest diagnostic manual (the "DSM-V") states that even pederasty, pedophilia, and bestiality are only 'disorders' if the person who engage in these choices is 'distressed' by them.  

So much for your idea of what creates 'legitimacy' and groups which "shouldn't be allowed a public forum in society".   The American Psychiatric Association disagrees with you. And we all know who funds psychiatry.

 

 


Ink Pusher's picture

The censorship is REAL, your sources are flawed or faux.

Welcome to the corpo-idiocracy of the 21st century, where the label has nothing to do whatsover with the actual contents of the package.

 

Laddie's picture

The Gatestone Institute, a Jewish run and owned operation spews PROPAGANDA. Its goal is the same as the rest of that Tribe.

I don't think Gatestone Tribalists would want you to hear this:

Dr. Duke had British author Mark Collett as his guest.
Mr. Collett went into great detail about the harm being done to Great Britain by the exploding Muslim population, which is rapidly replacing native British in many parts of the country and have become the majority of students in many school districts throughout the country.
Interview March 10 2017 (AUDIO)

Mr. Collett’s new book, The Fall of Western Man (which is available FREE here)

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mar 11, 2017 6:33 PM

All about genocide against whites, jews are running all of it.

shovelhead's picture

Let us know when they get to you.

Ding Dong.

"Fuck...A swat team with yarmulkes..."

Tired of Bending Over's picture

The yarmulkes never appear at one's door.  

The millenia-tried-and-true-method is to propagandize and incite those whom Jews hate (which is everyone who fights The Jewish Utopia) to fight and kill one another while the Jews sit back and wait for the dust to clear and the blood to dry. 

Read "The Ultimate World Order - As Pictured in 'The Jewish Utopia' by Robert H. Williams (1957)

Read "Ceasar and Christ" by Will Durant

peddling-fiction's picture

Full retard is not pretty.

gatorengineer's picture

No not to full retard yet... When the knobs are all ripped off and alot of people are running around yelling puddin, then we will be there.

peddling-fiction's picture

The summer of retardedness is upon us.

All hail Apep.

besnook's picture

funny stuff, gatestone defending pen's right to free speech when it is illegal to criticize jews in france. le pen feels the same for jews, too, gatestone. she just can't say anything because it is against the law.

philipat's picture

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that the Gatestone Institute (Again!!) would express such views, especially against Palestine.

NOTE: Gatestone Institute = John Boltion = Zionist Neconism.

espirit's picture

Recently renamed 'Gallstone Institute'.

steelrules's picture

Why even have a parliament.

Temple of Truth's picture

To pretend the EUSSR is democratic. Pretty smart actually as the parliament has no powers over the "Comission".

shovelhead's picture

Ha.

"Well, we voted...".

"Tough shit".

"Thank you".

Trucker Glock's picture

Good.  The more control the EU forces on members, the sooner member states will leave.  I would hope, anyway.

quasi_verbatim's picture

751 MEPs have their trough-feeding rights to consider, against which a little free speech restriction is of no concern.

'Wild anti-semitic blood libels pronounced by Arabs' is a classic.

 

adanata's picture

 

Do you ever feel like we're sitting on a bomb and the fuse has been lit....?  

 

Winston Churchill's picture

The blue touch paper is lit, now bend over for insertion.

Very dangerous times are upon us as the NWO tries to drop the hammer on us all.They're acting in haste now,

which invariably has uninteded consequences, a banquet of very unpleasant ones usually.

gregga777's picture

Nooses and dull guillotine blades for the Oligarchs and their bribed political parasite puppets!

LeftandRightareWrong's picture

Trying to head-off another Brexit.