EU Wages War on Free Expression
EU brandishes its outrageous Nobel award like a sword.
by Stephen Lendman
Free expression in all forms is fundamental. Without it, all other freedoms are at risk. Included are free speech, thought, culture, intellectual inquiry, and press freedom.
Denial risks tyranny. Voltaire said, "I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Howard Zinn called dissent "the highest form of patriotism."
Jefferson said, "The only security of all is in a free press." He added that it "cannot be limited without being lost." George Washington said, "If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter."
Twenty-seven EU nations disagreed. Brandishing their Nobel award like a sword, they blocked 19 Iranian television and radio stations. European satellite provider Eutelsat sold its soul. It went along. It agreed to silence them across Europe.
A statement said, "We terminated the contracts because it was the order of the European Commission. We have to follow."
No one is obligated to obey illegal diktats - no individual, organization, business, or nation. Doing so makes them complicit.
Months of on and off jamming preceded Monday's announcement.
Eutelsat's own charter obligates it to "adher(e) to the principle of non-discrimination and fair competition in defining its strategy and carrying out its operations."
In 2008, Philippe McAllister , its Paris-based general counsel, cited international law. He stressed the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights. (N)ow sixty years old," he said, it "enshrines the principle of freedom of speech."
He quoted Article 19 of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), saying:
"Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing, or in print, in the form of art or through any other media of his choice."