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Defending freedom of speech

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Defending freedom of speech

Ron Paul, a former U.S. Congressman and former Republican presidential candidate (2008 and 2012), said about freedom of expression: "Freedom of expression does not exist for us to discuss the weather: we have freedom of expression to discuss controversial issues." What is called "freedom of the press" is indeed only freedom of expression: the right to express oneself…

France’s most dangerous village

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
France’s most dangerous village

A past decision of the French State Council which has dangerously extended the concept of “public morality”. In a decision on December 8, 1997, the French Conseil d'État issued a ruling regarding the municipality of Arcueil, which prohibited the advertising of “pink courier” services in 1990. Despite some positive aspects, particularly with regard to the…

The German hate speech saga

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The German hate speech saga

A federal court in Berlin decided that it was a legitimate expression of an opinion to call a politician a "slut", "piece of shit", and "brainless" on Facebook. The politician (who had indeed sued the user) and her supporters are outraged that the court would allow this "hate speech" to exist online. After having been insulted on social media, senior Green…

A European “no-fly list” violates civil rights

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
A European “no-fly list” violates civil rights

Imitating the United States’ surveillance state methods will not make Europeans safer. The European Union is going through the process of creating a counter-terorrism database that will compile information from EU countries regarding ongoing investigations, prosecutions and convictions of militants, including returning foreign fighters who joined terrorist groups abroad. The measure,…

Germany's new Facebook-law is downright dystopian

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Germany's new Facebook-law is downright dystopian

Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz. No, I didn't just fall asleep on my keyboard. This is the actual name of Germany's Facebook law which came into effect in autumn of 2017. This new legislation, officially known as "law for the improvement of law enforcement on social media", is cracking down on "fake news" and abuse on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The unique and…

Macron's "fake news" legislation raises serious concerns about press freedom

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Macron's "fake news" legislation raises serious concerns about press freedom

Bill Wirtz is a Young Voices Advocate. His work has been featured in several outlets, including Newsweek, Rare, RealClear, CityAM, Le Monde and Le Figaro. He also works as a Policy Analyst for the Consumer Choice Center. ______ Macron's "fake news" legislation raises serious concerns about press freedom   After president Macron had made it one of the priorities earlier this…

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