Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Anti-Islam Hate Speech to be prosecuted in Netherlands

Via Reuters:

Right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who has made a short film accusing the Koran of inciting violence, must be prosecuted for anti-Islam comments, an Amsterdam court said.

The court overruled the public prosecutor who had declined to prosecute Mr Wilders, whose film Fitna urged Muslims to tear out hate-filled verses from the Koran.

"The Amsterdam appeals court has ordered the prosecution of member of parliament Geert Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs," the court said in a statement.

Good news. We should not tolerate hate speech - against Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, or non-religious people.

Freedom of speech is one thing. And a valuable thing.

But defamation and slander should be exposed for what it is. Especially when it purposefully inflames tensions between people.

Let's expect better from our politicians, and discourage them to spread misinformation.

See article.

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