Merkel Backs Crackdown on Free Speech On Social Media Sites

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) nimmt am 14.08.2013 auf dem Theaterplatz in Ludwigshafen (Rheinland-Pfalz) an einer Wahlkampfveranstaltung zur Bundestagswahl 2013 teil. Foto: Uli Deck/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

One of the things I have noticed in the last few months, as a percentage, people other than Americans and British (especially Niederlanders) have increased rather dramatically. That pleases me, and I hope they are finding what they want. Since, as far as I know, none of them have commented, I just assume that they do.

But since I want them to know they’re welcome, and sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what somebody is saying in anything but your first language, I was pleased yesterday when WordPress announced a translation widget for those of us running WordPress.com blogs. The algorithm is Google Translate, which as we all know is not perfect, but it’s surprisingly good. You’ll find it on the sidebar, just above my Twitter feed. If I remember it does something like 103 languages, so it should cover the common ones. Enjoy


One of the things most worrying, everywhere, but especially in Europe, is a tendency to restrict free speech, often by way of so-called ‘hate crime legislation. While America, and to some extent Britain have a pretty strong cultural bias against almost any infringement of our rights, this is one of those areas where an attempt anywhere diminishes them everywhere.

Germany is becoming one of the worst offenders here, and I’m not the only one noticing. Jonathan Turley noted yesterday:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel long ago established herself as a menace to free speech, particularly in her decision to first apologize to authoritarian Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a satirical poem and then approve the prosecution of the comedian is a shocking and chilling disgrace. Now, she is throwing her support behind a crackdown on “hate speech” on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube — radically expanding the already broad scope of government regulation of speech.

Merkel declared “I support efforts by Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere to address hate speech, hate commentaries, devastating things that are incompatible with human dignity, and to do everything to prohibit it because it contradicts our values.”

via Merkel Backs Crackdown on Free Speech On Social Media Sites | JONATHAN TURLEY

As Professor Turley notes, It would maybe be borderline acceptable, except it is completely impossible to provide an objective definition of “incompatible with human dignity”. That leaves the definition completely in the hands of the government, to use as they will. That is simply unacceptable in a free society.

This is a very troubling trend, and we must do our best to stop it in its tracks, In Germany, In Britain, across Europe, and sadly yes, here in America, as well.

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6 Responses to Merkel Backs Crackdown on Free Speech On Social Media Sites

  1. Yes, this is becoming a very troubling trend to say the least! And to some degree the British have already bitten down here, sadly! Only the American First Amendment in the Constitution gives real full free speech, long may it live and be defended!

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    • NEO says:

      And defended is the key concept here, as well. We’ve seen more degradation even in the US than is really acceptable.

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      • Sadly Amen! Btw, the preacher who called the US “Babylon” keeps ringing in my heart & mind! And now your word “degradation”, ouch! But true it is again sadly! Where are the real American Evangelical leaders? The Visible Church DOES have the responsibility of Law & Gospel, may they get to it now with Trump & Pence! I do really like the VP!

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        • NEO says:

          I’m quite taken with Pence, as well.

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  2. the unit says:

    Leaders, Leftists, Democrats, and #Nevers! 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      🙂

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