This is a long text, but spend 5mins to read it carefully. It lists a number of legal cases where the french are shown to be duplicitous and hypocrites. How dare they lecture us on rights of freedom of speech.
Freedom of Speech in France: For the Powerful
The allied British and American Troops have repeatedly bombed and killed Al-Jazeera journalists. Have locked up Moazzam Begg for exposing British collaboration with the Syrian regime in torture. What about Edward Snowden and Julian Assange’s right of ‘freedom of speech’, it is very obvious that freedom of speech doesn’t exist anywhere in the world if it doesn’t suit the ruling paradigm or ideology(western governments).
France (& the West) claims that free expression is a ‘fundamental principle’ is a myth, an opiate of the masses, explicitly invoked for anti-Semitic purposes in the years leading up to the holocaust, and recently being used to whip up hatred of immigrants, blacks and Muslims. As everywhere else in the ‘Free World’; in France free expression is for some but not others:
1. A French court injunction banned a Jesus based clothing advert mimicking the ‘Last Supper’. The display was ruled “a gratuitous and aggressive act of intrusion on people’s innermost beliefs”, by the French judge. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4337031.stm
2. In 2005 ‘Aides Haute-Garonne’ organized an informative evening about the prevention of the HIV-AIDS. The prospectus contained a head-and-shoulders image of a woman wearing a nun’s bonnet and two pink condoms. On the grounds that the prospectus insulted a religious, a court convicted Aides Haute-Garonne.
3. In 1994 Le quotidien de Paris published the article L’obscurité de l’erreur by journalist, sociologist, and historian Paul Giniewski. The article criticizes the Pope, and states that Catholic doctrine abetted the conception and the realization of Auschwitz. A court upheld proceedings on the ground that the article was an insult to a group because of its religion, and convicted the newspaper.
4. ‘Charlie Hebdo Magazine’ itself censored, apologised and then fired longtime cartoonist Siné for a caricature insulting the son of former president Nicholas Sarkozy and his wife Jessica Sebaoun-Darty, while staunchly standing on their ‘right’ to repeatedly troll Muslims, minorities & immigrants e.g. by showing Muhammad naked and bending over—which tells you something about the brand of satire they practice and that they’d rather be aiming downward towards minorities than upward. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/09/trolls-and-martyrdom-je-ne-suis-pas-charlie.html
5. Dieudonné M’Bala a French comedian and satirist – was convicted and fined in France for describing Holocaust remembrance as “memorial pornography”. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/nicolas-anelka-anti-semitic-gesture-quenelle-2966787
6. The ‘Quennele’ hand sign has been described as anti-establishment and anti-zionist by French youth and famous football players (e.g. Anelka). It stoked serious controversy in France since first being used by anti-establishment comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala in 2005. M’Bala has been barred from many theatres and convicted many times for his ‘freedom of speech.’ http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/nicolas-anelka-anti-semitic-gesture-quenelle-2966787
7. As part of “internal security” enactments passed in 2003, it is an offense to insult the national flag or anthem, with a penalty of a maximum 9,000 euro fine or up to six months’ imprisonment. Restrictions on “offending the dignity of the republic”, and include “insulting” anyone who serves the public.
7. French Rap Star Facing Prison – For Insulting the French State, insulting Napoleon and Charles de Gaulle. http://www.nme.com/news/Monsieur-R/23193 . That’s right folks, it is illegal to insult the French state and it seems it’s sacred historical characters like Napoleon and Charles De Gaulle?! But Muhammad, the single most influential person & ideal of divine justice for 1.6 Billion people is fair game?
8. Nicolas Sarkozy, then-Interior Minister and former Pesident of the Republic (until 2012), ordered the firing of the director of Paris Match — because he had published photos of Cécilia Sarkozy (his wife) with another man in New York.
9. In 2006, rapper ‘Joestarr’ had his rap song against President Sarkozy censored.
10. The following films have been censored in France, (not for provoking violence):
L’Essayeuse (1976)Romance (1999)Le Mur (2011)
11. Under France’s “Public Health Code” passed on the 31 December 1970, “positive presentation of drugs” and the “incitement to their consumption” comes with up to five years in prison and fines up to €76,000. Newspapers such as , Charlie Hebdo and associations, political parties, and various publications criticizing the current drug laws and advocating drug reform in France have been repeatedly hit with heavy fines based on this law. http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichCodeArticle.do?idArticle=LEGIARTI000006688178&cidTexte=LEGITEXT000006072665
12. Muslim women are barred from education (it’s not just the Taliban just restrict education for girls) in France, if they practise their religion by wearing a headscarf, despite French schools having no uniform policy, and crosses on necklaces are being allowed.
13. “France’s law against “religious symbols in public spaces” is specifically enforced to target Muslim women who choose to wear hijab—ironic considering we’re now touting Charlie Hebdo as a symbol of France’s staunch commitment to civil liberties.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/09/trolls-and-martyrdom-je-ne-suis-pas-charlie.html
14. It is illegal in France take the opinion of the Turkish side on the then civil war involving Armenians, i.e. illegal to deny that the killing of Amenians by Turkish troops was a deliberate genocide.
15. In 2007, a tribunal in Lyon sentenced Bruno Gollnisch and fined him €5,000 for the offence of contesting some of the information about the Holocaust and ordered him to pay €55,000 euros in damages to the plaintiffs and to pay for the judgment to be published in the newspapers that originally printed his remarks.
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