How social media and new internet censorship laws are suppressing anti-Islamic viewpoints

According to an article published by the Gatestone Institute, a new German law introducing state censorship on social media platforms came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the German state. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online “criminal offences” such as libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether or the content is accurate or not. Social media companies receive seven days for more complicated cases. If they fail to do so, the German government can fine them up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law.

A district court in Munich recently sentenced a German journalist, Michael Stürzenberger, to six months in jail for posting on his Facebook page a historical photo of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, shaking the hand of a senior Nazi official in Berlin in 1941. The prosecution accused Stürzenberger of “inciting hatred towards Islam” and “denigrating Islam” by publishing the photograph. The court found Stürzenberger guilty of “disseminating the propaganda of anti-constitutional organizations”. While the mutual admiration that once existed between al-Husseini and German Nazis is an undisputed historical fact, now evidently history is being rewritten by German courts. Stürzenberger has appealed the verdict.

On the other hand, a South African Muslim cleric and hate preacher Ebrahim Bham, who was once an interpreter to the Taliban’s head legal advisor, was allowed to enter the UK to speak in the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, a government building, at the “Palestine Expo” a large [sic.] Jew-hate event in London in July. Bham is known for quoting Nazi Propaganda Minister Goebbels and saying that all Jews and Christians are “agents of Satan”.

A scholar such as Robert Spencer was banned from entering the UK, supposedly on the grounds that what he reports — accurately — is “Islamophobic”. According to the British Home Office, ‘far right propaganda’  could include reading, for example, Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch or Pamela Geller’s ‘Geller Report’. While local hate preachers from legal Muslim organizations freely roam UK campuses, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller were both forbidden entry to the UK in 2013 by the British Home Secretary, because their presence would “not be conducive to the public good”.

This is a copy of the letter that Spencer received from the Home Office:

“The Home Secretary notes that you are the founder of the blog Jihad Watch (a site widely criticized for being Islamophobic). You co-founded the Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, both of which have been described as anti-Muslim hate groups. You are reported to have stated the following: “… it [Islam] is a religion and is a belief system that mandates warfare against unbelievers… for establishing a societal model that is …incompatible with Western society…”

So it seems that European citizens are going to find it harder and harder to find outlets for protesting against the pro-Islamisation policies being implemented without consultation in their countries. Alt-media is doing a good job but it is becoming more frequent for some vloggers and bloggers to be deslisted from Youtube, Facebook etc. for expressing anti-Islamic sentiments. Perhaps this will be change over time with a new generation of more non-liberal anti-migrant European politicians being voted into office (e.g. Poland, Austria, Czech) – only time will tell.

If any readers have come across other cases of individuals being censored, please put them in the comments section below.

Links:

Germany: Full Censorship Now Official:
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11205/germany-official-censorship

UK: Extremely Selective Free Speech
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11130/uk-free-speech

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