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The EDL And Freedom Of Speech.

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Despite supporting Geert Wilders’ freedom to attack Muslims and stir up racism, the EDL haven’t quite understood the concepts behind freedom of speech, as Lancaster unity reports:

“Regular contributors to the EDL forum have recently been BANNED for requesting action against an EDL member filmed by News of the World undercover journalists using the word “paki”. Ordinarily, all EDL news (good or bad) is posted on the forum by members for open discussion. Not this time it seems.

So what has happened to free speech at the EDL? What happened to freedom of opinion on their forum? This recent attitude is somewhat ironic, from a group who staged a demo in London recently to welcome a free speech advocate, the Dutch Politician Geert Wilders.”

I hope my American readers appreciate the irony there!

Update 1: Lancaster Unity also carries a News of the Screws story on the EDL, ‘Patriotic’ English Defence League exposed as racist, violent thugs.

Update 2: Not forgetting, Hardcore Nazis Invited To Attend EDL Rallies.

Written by modernityblog

17/03/2010 at 03:01

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  1. I don’t know much about EDL, but it figures: extremists both on the left and on the right have the same attitude towards freedom of speech.


    17/03/2010 at 13:59

  2. Er, no, not in this context of the EDL.

    Snoops, I have documented the EDL, they’re basically a front for xenophobes, racists, BNPers, neo-Nazis, etc and ultimately would fulfil the role of a street army for the extreme right.

    They have organised unnecessary and provocative demonstrations in ethnic areas, with the sole purpose of having a punch-up and spreading racial hatred, that is the Far Right’s modus operandi.

    Which is somewhat different from what the average Guardian reader might do 🙂


    17/03/2010 at 14:12

  3. I have no idea what EDL is, but I must point out that there is a substantive difference between editing and monitoring an website, on the one hand, and the legal sanctions against an individual for saying naughty stuff.


    17/03/2010 at 14:50

  4. mesquito,

    The bits that the EDL are suppressing are precisely those bits which prove that the organisation is riddled with racists and neo-Nazis.

    Please do follow the links, I have provided plenty of information on the EDL.


    17/03/2010 at 15:12

  5. I don’t quite understand. You do exactly what you are criticising the EDL for. I’m afraid this all looks very cynical.

    Roger Pearse

    17/03/2010 at 23:28

  6. […] Modernity: from earlier in the year, on the EDL and free speech, and on Geert […]

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