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[–] StagOfMull 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

So is technically speech laws. The EU mandates that member states must ensure freedom of speech as a basic human right...

Or least it did the last time I looked into it. However the major states did and still do restrict speech


[–] uvulectomy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The EU mandates "freedom of speech", in one paragraph, but then nullifies it in the next.

Article 10 of the ECHR:

"1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary."

Contrast that with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Or to put it succinctly...

  • EU - "You have the right to freedom of expression, but only if we allow it."
  • US - "No law shall be made to restrict your freedom of expression."

tl;dr - The EU does not have free speech at all, as stated by their own laws.


[–] GapingAnus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Trade-related regulations tend to be more strictly enforced in the EU than wishy-washy feelgood stuff that most everyone (except the UK and Germany) does anyway. You're far more likely to win a case on net neutrality than you are on the "sectarian language" ordinance nonsense on the London tube.