The European Union (EU) has directed Britain to crack down on its media. The EU, still smarting from Brexit, actually stated that the British press should not report when terrorists are Muslims. This directive was just one in a slew of demands the EU issued to the new British government.
Could there be a better reminder of why Brexit passed to begin with?
A European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) report found an increase in hate speech and racist violence in the UK from 2009 to 2016. ECRI Chair Christian (!) Ahlund blamed the free press, sniffing: “It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians.”
The worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech he should be concerned with are those of bombings, shooting, beheadings and stabbings committed by Islamic terrorists, Allahu Akbar!
The report lists 23 recommendations to Theresa May’s government, including changes to criminal law, equality law, and freedom of the press, while urging the government to “give more rigorous training” to reporters. (That is either a non-sequitur or a preposterous euphemism, or both).
Unable to resist the urge to comment on the historic Brexit vote, Ahlund snarkily opined: “The Brexit referendum seems to have led to a further rise in ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiment, making it even more important that the British authorities take the steps outlined in our report as a matter of priority.”
Mr. Ahlund, you don’t have the right to meddle in a free and sovereign nation’s business or tell that country’s free press how to behave.
It’s good to be gone, isn’t it, Brits?