LA News Release, "Denunciation of Curbs on "Murder Music"" (December 2007)
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: Friday 7th December 2007
Release Time: Immediate
Dr Sean Gabb (Libertarian Alliance Director), 07956 472 199, firstname.lastname@example.org
LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE DENOUNCES CURBS ON "MURDER MUSIC"
The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, today condemns the "murder music" ban in Brighton as a naked attack on freedom of speech.
(Brighton and Hove City Council has announced that pubs and clubs may lose their licences if they are caught playing music that "allegedly incites hatred on religious, racial or sexuality grounds")
Libertarian Alliance Director, Sean Gabb, says:
"I grew up in a country where people had an unquestioned and immemorial right to say what they liked on public issues, and to say it robustly. England is now a country where speech on issue after issue is being policed in the name of protecting minorities.
"What our ruling class calls "incitement of hatred" is actually expression of opinion, and expression of opinion should always be free - no matter how upsetting it may be to certain people.
"This is particularly so when opinions are expressed in private. Pubs and clubs are private property. What goes on inside them - whether it be songs in praise of murder, or holocaust revision lectures, or gay sado-masochistic theatre - is no business of the authorities.
"The policy is supposed to apply only to playing music with violent lyrics. But the obvious target is dissident political speech. It is there to complement the Government's attempt at censoring the content of sermons in mosques. Applied firmly across the country, the effect of the policy would be to stop the British National Party from meeting in rooms above public houses.
"We denounce the Conservative-dominated Brighton and Hove City Council. We call on the Conservative leadership to distance itself from this act of political censorship.
"We also call on Peter Tatchell, who has endorsed the policy, to think again - or to stop calling himself a civil libertarian."
The Libertarian Alliance believes:
- That all laws constraining speech on public issues should be repealed:
- That all public bodies set up to regulate speech should be abolished and their records destroyed:
- That the alcohol and entertainment licensing laws should be repealed;
- That what consenting adults do with each other on their own property is their own business;
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