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Sunday, December 18, 2005

That which cannot be said

Dave Justus highlights the Turkish trial of an author who wrote about Turkish killings of Armenians and Kurds, under a law that bans "insulting Turkish identity."

The EU (a group that Turkey wants to join) is criticizing the trial. However, Dave points out that many European nations criminalize Holocaust denial.

On the surface, that's hypocrisy. However, I note that in the Turkish case, the man is being prosecuted for telling the truth. The European laws ban telling a lie. I don't think anyone would complain about laws that prohibit slander and libel, but these acts hurt an individual. It can be argued that Holocaust denial hurts society in general. It's an interesting debate: is Holocaust denial bad enough to warrant a restriction on speech? Here, the U.S. and Europe disagree.

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