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TheRedArmy Posted


Le Pen's immunity shields her from prosecution; lifting it would permit legal action against her. The offense being considered is "publishing violent images," which under certain circumstances can carry a penalty of three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros ($79,650).

"Publishing violent images" is a crime in the EU? I looked around some but couldn't find the actual text of the law anywhere. I'd like to see it, but man, sounds like madness to me.

jidlaph Posted


It's important to remember Freedom of Speech is not a thing outside the US. There's a lot of leeway, but censorship does exist.

TheRedArmy Posted


I know freedom of speech is curbed in many ways, such as with Nazi images and the like in central Europe, but such a broad statement as "publishing violent images" would seem to encompass so much that I can't even wrap my head around it. Which is why I wanted to see the law specifically, but I couldn't find it.

I mean, what if I link to an article on a tweet that includes a violent image on it? Or link to a review of a video game that has violent images? Or if I am a "news blogger", and link to, as she did (according to the article), a beheading of a citizen of country X, for the purpose of reporting the news?

It just seems like such an ingress on what I regard as such a natural right that I can't fathom happily living under such a law.

It makes me think of the broader topic of culture and how it influences our views of the world. I think I doubt that I would personally have such Libertarian principles if I had been born and raised in another country other than here - even another western nation, like France or the UK.


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