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18 Himmelfahrtstrasse

18 Doghty Street is not alone in harnessing the interntet as a news tool. So is the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands. (All links to political parties are Wikipedia entries, not to the party sites)

Der Spiegel has the details:

"Germany's right-wing NPD party used to shy away from the Internet. But now it has discovered the benefits of the new technology -- and created its own online news show. The party has big plans for its own "critical news" show... The Internet broadcasting project marks the beginning of a new era for the NPD. In the past, the party had shied away from the Internet, dismissing it as an American "imperialist" invention".

Lest there be any doubt about its neo-Nazi tendencies, the party has made it clear where its sympathies lie:

"And a report from Cologne described a neighbourhood that wanted to get rid of its non-German citizens. The far-right menu of news stories was garnished with praise for a Tehran exhibition that writes off the Holocaust as a myth....The very first instalment of the news show already featured amateur footage of an NPD demonstration in front of a local Jewish centre and of a Rudolf Hess memorial march".


I am, as I hope my regulars know, by no means a supporter of these kind of people, but I do believe that free speech has to be defended at the margins if that freedom is to mean anything at all. If the NDP is not inciting crime then I can see no reason to attempt to ban its somewhat amateurish broadcasts - it is using youtube at the moment. After all, the United States suffers the frankly terrifyingNational Alliance, they of the deceased William ‘Turner Diaries’ Pierce, to make audio broadcasts, and thus far the ‘Herrenvolk’ have not risen up and seem somewhat unlikely to do so.
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Anonymous Suttonian said... 4:16 pm

Greetings from the London Borough of Toytown, a.k.a. Sutton

18 Ascension St.?

Today's Sutton Guardian a la Une : "Neo-Nazis target Carshalton." Seems the BNP are going to incite the locals against the handful of Moslems there. I was in SM5 this morning and I didn't see no-one in no full Nazi fig targeting no-one."Just say Nein."  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:23 pm

Greetings Suttonian.

I can't see the good burghers of Carshalton being swayed by a combination of tattooed ASBO laureates and Burtons-suited would be fuhrers somehow....  



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