Freedom of Speech

An MP repeatedly describes Islam as a backward religion and talks about a tsunami of Muslims coming into this country. Dozens of complaints have been made against him but he faces no charges as yet.

A cartoonist is arrested after publishing a number of drawings which could be said to incite racial hatred. They include a caricature of a Muslim being carried by the ‘welfare state’. There is outrage in the press that freedom of speech is being eroded.
A town hall removes stylistic paintings of female nudes following protests from counter staff. The popular press says it is all due to Muslim protest and that freedom of speech is under attack.
An art gallery refuses to carry photographs of gay men wearing masks purporting to be Mohammed. The free-speech advocates are furious but no-one asks if the art was actually any good.
An MP releases a short video featuring a compilation of footage of alleged ‘Muslim terror’ including newspaper headlines later found to be completely erroneous. The video is regarded as a triumph for free speech.
A 19-year-old youth calls a policeman a ‘homo’ – meaning gay. In December an appeal court rules this is insulting and fines the youth €200.
A woman (of Turkish origin) calls the former integration minister Rita Verdonk a ‘filthy whore’ and gets a sentence of 40 hours community service.

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