woensdag 27 mei 2009

Haaretz: Mark Rutte wil af van verbod op Holocaust ontkenning


Nederland heeft de Haaretz weer eens gehaald. De zaken worden naar goed journalistiek gebruik wel een beetje omgedraaid: Rutte wil alle restricties op de vrijheid van meningsuiting opheffen, behalve wanneer direct tot geweld wordt opgeroepen, en daarmee wordt ook het ontkennen van de Holocaust legitiem.
Overigens is Rutte niet 'liberal' maar 'conservative'.

Je ziet, hoe gemakkelijk dingen in het buitenland verkeerd worden weergegeven, en daar erger ik me aan. Gebeurt dat voor Nederland maar af en toe, Israel heeft daar dagelijks mee te maken. Bovendien zijn het daar geen toevalligheden meer, maar is er een consequente bias ten voordele van de Palestijnen.

RP
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Dutch liberal leader: Holocaust denial should not be a crime 
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1088643.html
By DPA 
 
 
Holocaust denial should not be a crime in the Netherlands, the leader of the Dutch liberal party said on Wednesday.

Mark Rutte, head of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), said Dutch law should instead only prosecute people who incite others to commit violence, not when they incite people to hatred.

Claiming the Holocaust did not occur "should be possible" in the Netherlands, Rutte added.

Reacting to Rutte's remarks, public prosecutor spokesman Evert Boerstra said: "Offensive remarks, such as Holocaust denial, are only punishable by Dutch law if it equals discrimination of a particular group, in this case the Jews.

"Then such remarks fall under the prohibition against discrimination," he added.

The liberal VVD party also revealed it will present a bill to parliament proposing to abolish all restrictions to the freedom of expression in the Netherlands.

"Indirect offences - for example if I make a remark about your jacket which you perceive as a personal offence - should not fall under the prohibition against incitement," Rutte said.

"This is also why I vehemently opposed the Amsterdam District Court's decision ordering the prosecution of my colleague Geert Wilders," he added.

On January 21, the Amsterdam District Court ordered the public prosecutor to prosecute controversial Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders for remarks he made about Islam.

Wilders, who until 2005 was a member of the VVD party, has repeatedly referred to Islam as a "backward" religion, among others.

At the trial due to start in the summer, an Amsterdam court will determine whether Wilders merely criticized Islam as a religion, or whether he offended and discriminated Muslims as a group.

If the court decides Wilders has discriminated against Muslims, he could be sentenced under the Dutch anti-discrimination law. The last time the Dutch Supreme Court convicted a Dutch citizen under the same law - for Holocaust denial - was in 1995.

The Labour and Christian Democrat parties, the two largest coalition parties, said they would not support the Liberal bill proposing to lift all restrictions to the freedom of expression.

Sybrand van Haersma Buma, lawmaker for the Christian Democrats, said he was perplexed about the proposal.

"Freedom of expression is necessarily limited by the prohibition to incite others to hatred or violence," Van Haersma Buma said.
 
 

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