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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Should al-Jazeera be closed down?

A thought-provoking piece by William F Buckley Jnr at the National Review.

If the news commentary the entire Near East region receives stresses the spiritual nobility of killing in the name of Allah, something should stress the nobility of putting such advocates out of business.

Certainly arguable. In criminal law we do not regard incitement to murder as legitimate under the principle of freedom of expression.

1 Comments:

At 2 February 2005 at 17:13, Blogger tor said...

The main question is not so much a question of freedom of speech but a question of the wisdom of letting so many hateful fanatics - of which a large percentage is willing to perform homicide killings - into western countries. They don't seem to integrate well.

If just tens of thousands of, say, Nazis were applying every year, I am sure the politicians would very fast find ways of preventing them.

 

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