Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Free speech in Germany

Apparently there is no free speech in Germany. You can face a fine or a short time in jail for swearing at someone. Here, a Left politician faces such penalty for referring to Thilo Sarrazin as an ass. Thilo Sarrazin is the best-selling author of an anti-immigrant book.

A country in which you cannot call a racist an asshole without suffering penalties from the state is not a free country.

1 comment:

  1. Just got around to reading this -- from the title, I'd assumed it was about the other issue related to free speech in much of Europe: "hate speech" is frequently punished. (e.g.: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3053779.ece)

    But using a dirty word in anger at someone is illegal? To quote South Park: "What the fuck is wrong with German people?"

    Wait -- am I in danger of being fined now?