European Politicians Respond To Euro Crisis By Outlawing More Bad News
Freedom of Speech – Rick Falkvinge
This is so far out you couldn’t make it up. As the Euro crisis worsens, European politicians have resorted to dealing with the problem by outlawing unfavorable financial information that concern the Euro.
EU Observer has the story this morning.
This is an The Onion story. This would be hilarious if we saw it on a parody TV show about North Korea. That’s the kind of contexts I’d expect to see this story in. But these are not politicos in The Onion or North Korea, these are EU politicians that claim to be defending the liberties of the Enlightenment, specifically including freedom of speech. And yet, here they are, literally outlawing bad news.
The next time we see something on the net that they perceive as a threat against the status quo or against a favorite political project, we should remember that they are prepared to go so far as to outlaw bad news when those messages don’t fit their preconceived notions. The net will not be defended by this breed of politicians, nor will freedom of speech. That is quite clearly up to us.
(Of course, outlawing maps is not going to change the terrain. The eurozone as it stands is doomed.)