The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance has recommended the United Kingdom to give up free speech and press freedoms in what has been its most recent attempt at attacking individual freedom and national culture. The peak European body has provided 23 recommendations in a report to the UK government in order to prevent offending migrants. The kingdom has been asked to deviate from a central cultural tenet by being told to accept another left-wing anti-free speech statement by, yet again.
In a press release, the commission made mention of “considerable intolerant political discourse in the UK, particularly focusing on immigration” (Source: ECRI). It blamed the recent victory of the Brexit decision as a factor that has encouraged “hate speech” and “violent racist incidents”. According to the Chair of ECRI, Christian Ahlund, “It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians”. Thus, curb freedom of speech in order to control society.
The report states that “Freedom of expression is a fundamental right”, but ironically encourages political parties to “instruct their representatives to refrain from making derogatory comments targeting a group of persons”. It seems as though freedom of expression ends when it involves offending migrants or other groups in society and puts their feelings at risk. People are being told to censor themselves and sacrifice their freedom of expression simply because other people are unable to handle conflicting perspectives. It leads one to question as to why the commission discourages citizens from offending migrants but has no comment when it comes to migrants raping women and children.
Other eye opening extracts from the report include its call for UK political parties to “take a firm stand against intolerant discourse” and its inclusion of “unfriendliness”, “ill-feeling” and “dislike” in its definition of “hostility”. Using this logic, disliking Islam for its treatment of women and males who perform sexual acts with other males can be seen as hostile. The report, nevertheless, explains the importance of the exchange of ideas in a democratic society. But how is one to go about doing that if the commission wants “unfriendliness” and “dislike” to be banned? This highlights the Orwellian aspects of this report by showing the commission’s attempt at controlling people’s thoughts, as “ill-feeling” is also on the list.
The ECRI also wants to see the establishment of an “independent press regulator”. Who expected a European organisation to declare war on press freedoms? This is seen in the Middle East, but not Europe. Furthermore, the commission wants to “ensure that members of groups can submit complaints as victims against biased or prejudicial reporting”. An excellent way of promoting a victimhood culture and preventing humans from developing a strong mind capable of withstanding conflicting opinions.
With its attacks on free speech, discouragement of press freedoms and promotion of a victimhood culture, this report bears all the hallmarks of a radical left-wing social engineering scheme. European society is at risk of being undermined by left-wing organisations intent on engineering society to accept foreign dangers and censor themselves in order to offending intruders. Thankfully, the regressive left’s wave of political correctness is being responded to by a further appreciation of free speech and greater opposition towards social engineering by society, a movement that the Unshackled is proud to take part in.