LA News Release, "Freedom of Speech Means Right to Deny Holocaust" (February 2006)
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: Saturday 18th February 2006
Release Time: Immediate
Dr Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, firstname.lastname@example.org
"FREEDOM OF SPEECH MEANS RIGHT OF DAVID IRVING TO DENY HOLOCAUST", SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK
At 9:30am on Monday the 20th February 2006, Dr Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, will appear on Sky News to defend freedom of speech in general, and in particular the right of controversial historian David Irving to say anything he likes about the holocaust.
Mr Irving is awaiting trial in Austria for the supposed crime of denying or minimising the holocaust.
Commenting ahead of the broadcast, Dr Gabb says:
"Either freedom of speech means the right to say anything at all about politics, religion, science or history, among much else - or it means nothing at all.
"There are those who say they believe in freedom of speech, but then insist that the promotion of "hatred" does not come within the meaning of free speech. The Libertarian Alliance utterly rejects this supposed distinction. What some call the promotion of hatred others call telling the truth. In any event, we believe in the right to promote hatred by any means that do not fall within the Common Law definition of assault.
"Whenever the State involves itself in arguments about the truth, disputes between opinions become disputes between opinions and power. And the State has neither special ability nor the right to decide what opinions may be true or false.
"Whatever we may think about what he claims, whatever we may think about the motivation for his claims, the claims Mr Irving makes regarding the holocaust are a matter to be settled by historical debate - not by the criminal law.
"If Mr Irving is found guilty by the Austrian court, he will be as much a prisoner of conscience as any of the politically correct prisoners that the Potemkin "human rights" organisations - such as Amnesty International - like to defend, while refusing to defend the rights of holocaust deniers and anti-semites.
"We also note with distaste that those journalists throughout Europe who are congratulating each other on how brave and liberal they have been over the anti-Moslem cartoons have not said a word for the freedom of Mr Irving to express himself.
"The Libertarian Alliance believes in freedom of speech for all - WITH NO EXCEPTIONS."
The Libertarian Alliance further believes:
* That no law should be made in the United Kingdom to criminalise sceptical comment on the holocaust;
* That the Race Relations Act 1976 should be repealed;
* That the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 should be repealed;
* That, pending repeal, the Race Regulations subsequent to these Acts should be withdrawn;
* That those sections of the Public Order Act 1986 dealing with speech and publication should be repealed;
* That the whole of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, particularly those sections dealing with "racial aggravation" of offences should be repealed;
* That the Commission for Racial Equality and all similar organisations should be abolished, and their records burned;
* That all those convicted of thought crimes under the above laws should be pardoned and, where appropriate, compensated;
* That the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill now before Parliament should be abandoned;
* That the Terrorism Bill now before Parliament should be abandoned;
* That the Human Rights Act 1998 should be amended to protect the right of people to say anything they like about public issues, and to associate or not associate as they please.
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