EU Commission as a Threat to Freedom of Expression

The EU Commission, contrary to the EU treaties, plans to serious crimes regulated at the EU level, such as terrorism, organized crime, arms smuggling, counterfeiting money to join … hate:

signature: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/combatting-discrimination/racism-and-xenophobia/extending-eu-crimes-hate-speech-and-hate -crime_en
Making hate the point of an EU-regulated crime is an abuse of Article 83.1 of the EU Treaty. This article states that minimum rules may be set from the EU level when crime has a cross-border dimension or when there is a specific need to fight it together:
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signature: Treaty on UE

Even if it was recognized that there is such a crime as spike hatred, racial and gender invectives, etc. are thrown inside national pitsas and not across borders. The insulted and offensive are usually citizens of the same country.

This is not the first time that Eurocrats have used more power by blurring concepts. The Council Framework Decision of the European Union of 28 November 2008 (2008/913 / JHA) on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law blurs the distinction between word and act. It requires each member state to criminalize public incitement to violence on the basis of racial, religious and national differences. In practice, through the European Court of Justice, it is enforced as a criminalization of racial insults etc.

Under the current solution, the EU has imposed an obligation to penalize hate, but what is hate and how to penalize it is decided by the Member States. Now the EU commission wants to be given the power to define hatred and define penalties.

Yes, insulting people based on race, color, religion etc. is uncool and uncultured. But freedom of speech will soon come to an end when there is no protection for heinous, offensive, outrageous, disgusting, repulsive, obnoxious, scandalous and wicked statements, or when the offended is extremely well-liked and sympathetic.

Among free citizens, the only line between permissible and forbidden expression is the risk of immediate and direct violence. Most of what is said in Poland now about Russia and the Russians could be considered a hate speech. Nobody is chasing because the Muscovites have not had a very good press lately. But in Brussels, they may consider it a hate speech and, for example, calling Russians against Muscovites, you will be able to go to jail. What is to stop Brussels from making such a decision once it claims such power?

Let us defend ourselves against the cultural imperialism of the Eurocrats. Let us stop the Eurocrats’ usurping power. Let us press Polish representatives to vote against the regulation of hate speech at the EU level in the Council of the European Union and in the European Parliament. And in our constitution let us replace the oblique and postulative “everyone is guaranteed freedom to express their views” with a concrete and narrow “Sejm will not pass laws restricting freedom of speech”. To protect ourselves as well as possible at the national level against the anti-liberation tendencies of the Eurocrats.


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