Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Danish PM, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, rhetorically uses the word "democracy" where it actually concerns "free speech". Tariq Ramadan or José Manuel Barroso could not have said it better. Thorning-Schmidt tells the media to limit hate speech - under which criticism of Islam and the EU is categorized - and expresses the wish for new demands on how we debate to avoid hurting peoples' feelings. Thorning-Schmidt is - maybe not surprisingly - said to be a candidate to become the next European Commissioner for External Relations.
Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt
"Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have created new and far better opportunities to expand the public debate.
But the new of type of debate also has a democratic reverse side with ridicule, intimidation and bullying, warns Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Social Democrats) in her Constitution speech.
'- The new media has moved our democracy to a new level. But time has also come for us to place new demands on ourselves about how we use these new opportunities. ...'
The Prime Minister stresses that she does not want to adopt new laws on use of the new media. But she encourages media and people to remember the responsibility to use democracy in a respectful way.
'- I am concerned that we as a nation get used to, that the more hatefully we talk about each other, the greater the impact it gets.'"

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe off topic, but this eye witness account of Vera Lengsfeld, a German politician, regarding the trial against the Turkish murderers of young Johnny K in Berlin is just appalling.
(written in German)
http://www.vera-lengsfeld.de/home.php

The article is called:
31.05.2013 - Gerechtigkeit für Jonny K.

and can be found under the "aktuelles" tab.

ENGLISHMAN said...

How is it possible to put"demands"upon "free speech?surely if speech is free,then the individual is free to say what he wants

Anonymous said...

Free speech is NOT FREE if we cannot say anything we want.

If muslims don't like it then leave to a country that respects islam.
The test of a religion is how it treats people who don't believe in its god.

Veet Vivarto said...

Just send all the Muslims to Sweden.

jowdjbrown said...

I am concerned that we as a nation get used to, that the more hatefully we talk about each other, the greater the impact it gets.speech recognition program

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