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EU to the world: "Silence those who oppose freedom of speech"

At least that is how it looks, judging from this speech by Viviane Reding (Yes, her. Again).

In a broadly worthy discourse on freedom of the press etc etc etc she drops this little bombshell:

"Even if freedom of expression and freedom of information may appear self-evident to many in Europe, these freedoms nevertheless require constant confirmation. Let me give you only a few illustrations why.

It is just a couple of weeks ago when politicians in a major EU Member State (she's talking about Poland. C) called for the BBC children series "Teletubbies" to be banned, for the strange reason that it would encourage homosexuality".

Admittedly the Poles getting hot under the collar about the Teletubbies is not exactly a new story, my point is more that Viv clearly regards certain forms of freedom of expression as being a bad thing. If freedom of speech is to have any meaning at all, it has to include expressions thereof that are unpopular, boneheaded or both.

And while I'm at it, guess which organisation has just decided to block comments on its videos at youtube? Yup...

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Anonymous geek said... 12:59 pm

Isn't it possible that she was talking about the freedom of speech of the *makers* of Teletubbies - i.e. their right to produce a programme and not be banned?  

Blogger The Hitch said... 1:01 pm

Poland seems to be a very strange place, tweedledee and tweedledum in power and apparently the last place on earth plumbers wish to live.
The do however make excellent jam , I have been buying it for over 20 years.
My uncle had a clothes factory out there and closed it down , moving production to Algeria as he found the Poles to be boneheaded twats.  

Blogger Ed said... 1:16 pm

Hitch - might Poland be suffering the long-acknowledged Australian problem? The good ones come over here so when you visit the ones that are left are boneheaded twats.

I like Australians and Poles by the way...  

Anonymous Nomad said... 2:09 pm

Hitch Ghost: Krakus - excellent Polish pickled cucumbers. Been buying them for well over twenty years too. Give 'em a try next time you are in Sainsbury's.  

Blogger Newmania said... 2:43 pm

Do I need to remove Tinky Winky from master N`s cot pronto ?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:56 pm

Geek - Indeed, but La Redding was also missing the point.

Hitch - Never been there, but the Poles I've met have been pleasant enough.

Nomad - and they do fine things on the dried meat front.

N - well, do you want young master N to grow up sensitive and artistic? Maybe you should play him fewer show tunes while you are at it.  

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