In what can only be both a brazen attempt to censor the press as well as to cover up acts of terrorism by Muslims, the EU has waded into the British political process with one of its favorite weapons — the report by a panel of experts. As an aside, it’s often interesting to see what qualifications these alleged “experts” on all these panels and commissions have — or that they lack. But back to the point.
We pick up the story with the EU remonstrating the British for not doing enough to tamp down tensions with their Muslim communities.
A report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) found there was an increase in hate speech and racist violence in the UK from 2009 to March 2016.
Blaming the press, ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund, said: “It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians.”
The report makes a whopping 23 recommendations to Theresa May’s Government for changes to criminal law, the freedom of the press, crime reporting and equality law.
Upset about Brexit, Mr. Ahlund?
And despite the report not analysing coverage of the historic Brexit vote, Mr Ahlund saw fit to comment on the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
In a sweeping statement, he said: “The Brexit referendum seems to have led to a further rise in ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiment, making it even more important that the British authorities take the steps outlined in our report as a matter of priority.”
This following comments should give anyone supportive of the freedom of the press chills.
[T]he “ECRI strongly recommends that the authorities find a way to establish an independent press regulator according to the recommendations set out in the Leveson Report. It recommends more rigorous training for journalists to ensure better compliance with ethical standards.”
To their credit, and somewhat to our astonishment, British officials basically told the EU to take a hike.
But as Britain prepares to leave the crumbling bloc, the Government waded in to defend freedom of expression.
In a written statement to the ECRI, the Government said: “The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.”
Well, good for the British. This doesn’t mean that the British press won’t engage in the sort of self-censorship and massaging of the facts that we see here in America in some of our media outlets when terrorism by Muslims becomes an issue. But at least the Brits didn’t lay down and roll over just because some busybodies at the EU told them to.
Source: Express Newspapers