This won’t make any news in US media giants all of whom either censor comments totally or don’t allow any at all: European court blames website for hosting offensive comments in ‘shock’ decision — RT News which is Russian News not EU or US news and of course, they delight in pointing out that the ‘free West’ isn’t free at all which is true. We barely maintain free speech in the US, for example. But lord help anyone who strays into saying even in ‘private’ media like personal twitter accounts, the wrong PC thing. Then they are fired from their jobs and tortured in various ways none of which involve courts. But in Europe, Political Correctness is enforced by laws and people go to prison for even the smallest violations of byzantine rules about what you can or cannot say or publish.
The nine-year case started over a seemingly trivial article, about an Estonian ferry company that destroyed ice roads when it opened new routes. It was published in January 2006 on the country’s leading Delfi.ee news portal. The piece attracted over 20 particularly rude comments targeting the owner of the company, calling him “scum” and a “bastard,” and issuing threats against him.
The owner, Vjatšeslav Leedo, spotted the comments six weeks after the article went up, and immediately complained to Delfi, which deleted them within a day. However, Leedo went further, and sued Delfi for defamation…
But on June 16, the ECHR upheld the original court decision, claiming that the comments were “manifestly unlawful” and constituted “hate speech,” also noting that “the ability of a potential victim of hate speech to continuously monitor the Internet is more limited than the ability of a large commercial Internet news portal to prevent or rapidly remove such comments.”
This was despite the judges’ conclusion that the Delfi’s article itself “was a balanced one, contained no offensive language and gave rise to no arguments about unlawful statements.”
And the door slams shut in Europe. Oh, the irony. I recall all the EU and US NATO warmongers marching in Paris all shrieking, ‘We are all Hebdo!’ supposedly in the name of free speech. I said back then that it was pure garbage, street theater designed to make the impression that our rulers want us to be rude and crude like that magazine.
Nope. Not at all, not even slightly. They are very anxious to crush free speech and in the US, the tool used today is to humiliate and harass and fire professors or teachers or business people or anyone who dares cross various invisible lines. It is OK to call for the annihilation of Palestinians and make fun of them like Hebdo did in Paris but do something even slightly like this to Jews and bam: you are annihilated by the same free speech people.
The US is already killing commentary on the internet but is far behind Japan and the EU in censorship and legal enforcements. And furthermore, the only reason we still have some free speech here is thanks to our Constitution which Congress and Presidents work hard to undermine, ignore or kill off.
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