Germany: Economics Ministry advisory board wants to eliminate freedom of the press, criminalize criticism of Islam
“Unfortunately, we made a mistake here and a non-final working version was published.”
Ever notice how these “mistakes” all go in the same direction?
“Revealed: An advisory board of a German ministry wants to eliminate freedom of the press, among other things, in order to criminalise criticism of Islam,” Medforth, July 14, 2021:
An advisory board in the German Ministry of Economics called “Junge Digitale Wirtschaft” (Young Digital Economy) would like to have a clear set of rules on the desired reporting in the manner of authoritarian states. Ultimately, they are only claiming for themselves what has long been decided by the EU.
For example, EU Council Decision 913-II of 2008 is pleased to note that “considerations relating to freedom of association and freedom of expression, in particular freedom of the press and freedom of expression in other media … have led to procedural safeguards in many Member States as well as to the inclusion in national law of specific provisions to establish or limit liability”.
In its fight against “racism and xenophobia”, which the EU Council also understands to mean the rejection of so-called religions as “world views” (specifically Islam, without naming it), the Council demands that EU member states threaten corresponding “acts” defined as racist or xenophobic in the Council’s sense by those politically responsible “with effective, proportionate and dissuasive criminal sanctions”. This should go so far as to permanently ban legal persons from trading or even place them under “judicial supervision”.
How thin the ice of freedom is with such demands justified by the fight against racism becomes clear when one looks, for example, at the German chief lobbyist of Islam. For some time now, Aiman Mazyek has been demanding that any criticism of the early medieval philosophy of imperialism called Islam be banned as racism – which could ultimately even mean that publishing academics would be threatened with a ban on practising their profession. And the mag TE, as a medium, is also threatened with “dissuasive criminal sanctions” in the sense of the EU decision, because the EU Council has decided that “publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivialising genocide” also constitutes a racist crime – just recently we reported on the governmental nonsense of officially declaring a war crime of 1904 to be genocide. This sentence alone can then be claimed by interested circles as “denial of genocide” according to EU policy – and the EU’s official sanction mechanisms take effect.
In short, the StartUp Advisory Board has only echoed a mood that has long been established by the EU and state-loyal media. He just did it at the wrong time – two months before elections to the German Parliament, such an obvious demand for state censorship and a state ban on publication does not work well.
In short, the StartUp Advisory Board has only echoed a mood that has long been established by the EU and state-loyal media. He just did it at the wrong time – two months before elections to the German Parliament, such an obvious demand for state censorship and a state ban on publication does not work well. Economics Minister Altmaier, whose twitterers, aware of their apparently anti-freedom mood in the ministry, quickly published the advisory board’s letter without comment, quickly pulled out all the stops when even the German Journalists’ Association (DJV), which is by all means pro-censorship against allegedly right-wing ideas, complained and had the letter removed from the ministry’s account. But the internet does not forget – for example, here is a screenshot of the advisory request:
In sackcloth and ashes now go the members of the advisory council of that dubious interest group who, as lobbyists, have direct access to the minister. Advisory council member Miriam Wohlfarth stated, according to the magazine Spiegel: “Without reservation, the advisory council professes its support for freedom of the press. Unfortunately, we made a mistake here and a non-final working version was published. We will replace the paper immediately.”….