Monday, 31 October 2011
The UK takes over the chairmanship of the Council of Europe on 7 November and has made as one of its priorities the promotion of “an open internet, not only in terms of access and content but also [in terms of] freedom of expression.”

...But as MP John Mann (Bassetlaw), Chair of the Parliamentary Committee Against Anti-Semitism, pointed out in remarks he made on 27 October on the floor of the House of Commons with respect to the Government’s Open Internet priority for the Council of Europe, “Freedom of expression is not always a good thing.” Mr. Mann observed: “The internet is now the place where anti-Semitic filth is spread, be it the old hatreds, the blood libels, the resurrecting of the protocols of the Elders of Zion, or the new hatreds caused by a failure to differentiate between legitimate criticism of the state of Israel and attacks on Jewish people.

...Indeed, just moments before John Mann delivered his remarks in the House of Commons, upstairs in a Parliament meeting room, the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combatting Anti-Semitism (ICCA) Task Force on Internet Hate (of which Mr. Mann is a member) was concluding its first hearing on the nature and extent of Internet hate, and its effects. Joining Mr. Mann on the Task Force (which is still in formation) are parliamentarians from Spain, Estonia, Lithuania and Israel (home of the other Task Force co-chair, Minister Yuli Edelstein); representatives of NGOs such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Center for Democracy and Technology; internationally-recognized Internet experts and scholars; and representatives of Facebook (Lord Richard Allan) and Google. The Task Force has been formed by the ICCA to expand the coalition’s general mission of fighting anti-Semitism to combating all forms of online hate including areas such as racism, Islamophobia, homophobia and misogyny.

The Task Force received a voluminous written record (compiled by volunteer lawyers in the US and UK at Hogan Lovells) on the scope of Internet hate. And it heard how prior to the Internet, haters were relegated to using the mail to communicate their hatred and rage with like-minded haters. The only place for them to have their benighted views applauded was in sporadic clandestine meetings.

The Internet changed all that. Extremists have found the Internet a boon to their warped causes. They set up web sites, post videos, manage online stores selling recordings and clothing with hate slogans, and more, to bolster their fellow haters, and to recruit and indoctrinate new generations of haters. And average people, using the mask of anonymity, find they can vent rage by attacking minorities, even in the comment section to routine news stories (as Mr. Mann pointed out in his floor remarks).

The work of the ICCA Task Force will continue, and the group will help to fashion recommended responses to Internet hate, such as education, counter-speech and an increased role for Internet intermediaries to exercise their right to maintain a civil Internet. Likewise, it is hope that the UK government will keep in mind that with an open internet comes a duty to fight online hate.
Source: The Lawyer

3 comments:

Johnny Rottenborough said...

As the Holy Qur’an positively drips hatred of Jews, Christians, polytheists, atheists, apostates, women and homosexuals (apologies to anyone I’ve missed), this means farewell to all those splendid websites offering the Qur’an in Arabic and in translation. Or perhaps not.

gsw said...

Let them rant - then we know who they are and maybe we can start counteracting the ROP rubbish.

BunBun4life said...

Man fuck UK and they are total pussies getting fucked in the ass by Islam. Like I want to follow their 'shit' example. OOOhh tut tut must be civil now; I'll force everyone else to do the same - by ARRESTING THEM!!! YEAH THAT'S THE TICKET.

Also, please note, hatred against whites is not included in their 'fight against racism, etc.' Also, muzzies need not get arrested. If that were the case, they would be arrested all the time for wanting gay people dead.

I know at least 3 guys who got arrested for shit they said on forums in the UK; and it was very general; then after their arrests, some prosecutor said, yes well their comments were very racist and derogatory towards minorities. MINORITY - that's the white people on earth.,

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