Free Speech + Censorship

The ideal and limits of free speech and expression, and also the free access to information, as well as the various legal and extra-legal attempts at limiting that civil right. Censorship includes not only government actions against any media, published or not, but also the active suppression of such media by mainstream outlets. Unless a report is on free speech and/or censorship in general, it has been categorized in the subcategory of the country discussed.



I've been thinking (and no – that's not a straight line). The problem with the thinking is that I have been doing it alone. I don't have to do all the thinking here, but after close to three weeks of doing it alone, it has occurred to me that I …

Don Guttenplan is a Jewish journalist who observed the 2000 trial of British historian David Irving against Deborah Lipstadt[1] and wrote a book about it.[2] In his article “How Many Jews Does It Take…?” published in the British magazine Index on Censorship no. 2, 2005,[3] Guttenplan claims …

One of today's pet Indisputable Historical Truths is that the German Chancellor Adolf Hitler advocated the "Big Lie Technique" to discredit and confuse one's political opponents. However, a close look at the German leader's writings displays a somewhat different approach. On pages 134, and 173 of Mein Kampf (My Stuggle) …

Outlaw History was yet another one of those well-meant, but short-lived revisionist projects. It appeared between Aug. 9, 2004 and March 9, 2005, and was meant to update the audience on what Bradley Smith was doing to encourage the decriminalization of dissent to the orthodox narrative of World War II …

Background: On 20 May 2013 our national newspaper The Australian carried a news report headed ‘Labor MPs to back PM on anti-Semitism’. It included the following information ‘NSW Labor MPs will use this week’s parliamentary sittings for a mass signing of the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism. The Prime Minister …

Friends have recently asked me to consider what I think the future holds for historical revisionism, especially that of the Second World War and even more specifically that most contentious of sub-genres, that of the Holocaust. While I generally tend to avoid futurology, I believe in this case a look …
Read how peaceful dissidents on WWII history are incarcerated in many western countries, ostracized in even more; their books are burned, their livelihoods ruined.

Below is a letter written by Germar Rudolf to his “friends.” It refers to how he is fighting his extradition to Germany to serve five years, or longer, in a German prison for thought crimes. Rudolf, who studied chemistry at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, discovered that the gas …

The following essay first appeared in the Camera, Boulder, Colorado, in September, 1985. It is a rejoinder to a reply by Henry Smokier to a nationally syndicated article by Village Voice writer Nat Hentoff protesting the cancellation of a Cornell Medical School commencement speech by Professor Chomsky. The cancellation was …

"Who controls the past controls the future.Who controls the present controls the past"– O'Brien in 1984 "Every government is run by liarsand nothing they say should be believed."– I. F. Stone Many of the predictions made by George Orwell in his book 1984 in relation to "Big Brother" surveillance, corruption …

Richard Widmann has followed Robert Faurisson in warning that the immediate future for historical revisionists, especially those addressing the currently accepted and widely promoted view of ‘the Holocaust’, looks very bleak.[1] He has correctly observed that the world has already seen a wide range of modes of persecution inflicted …

In January of this year, Pope Benedict XVI lifted the ban of excommunication on four Bishops from the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, who had been excommunicated in 1988 after being ordained against Vatican orders by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. This would have generated very little news had …

In issue No. 2/2003 of The Revisionist (pp. 197-202), Dr. Fredrick Töben reported on the case of Joel S.A. Hayward, who in 1993 had completed a master's thesis at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, on revisionist writings about the alleged extermination of European Jews by National Socialist …

During the Second World War, George Orwell wrote a weekly radio political commentary, designed to counter German and Japanese propaganda in India, that was broadcast over the BBC overseas service. His wartime work for the BBC was a major inspiration for his monumental novel, 1984. Very few readers of 1984 …

This summer, Democratic Assemblyman from Brooklyn, New York Dov Hikind launched a misguided assault against Inconvenient History and several other publishers who carry among other things Holocaust revisionist articles and commentary. Hikind is attempting to financially hamstring several organizations by arranging a vendor boycott of sorts in which major credit …

Since 1945 the swastika has been banned in Germany, where symbols, songs, pictures, slogans and even greetings associated with the Hitler era can earn the offender a stiff fine or even a prison term. Of course the swastika was hardly unique to Third Reich Germany. Centuries before Hitler adopted it …

The Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) http://bit.ly/1ryGJ3L Another article on the Internet urging a free exchange of ideas on “Genocide Denial” from a Turkish perspective. I claim no understanding of the facts of the matter, but I do understand the revulsion against how the word “denial” is used to discourage the …

It took the Church a long time to decide Galileo Galilei’s advocacy of heliocentrism (the idea that the earth revolved around the sun, instead of vice-versa) was heretical. Galileo was already 52 when he committed what turned out to be his signature heresy, and 68 when he was sentenced to …

Thanks to the miracle of digital time travel, Legalienate’s editors were able to interview the 19th-century liberal John Stuart Mill on the urgent matter of the suppression of free speech in the modern Holocaust debate. Readers of Mill’s “On Liberty,” which made him famous as a defender of human rights, …

The late Joseph Bellinger had intended the current article to be a chapter in a book that remained unpublished at the time of his death, The Prohibition of “Holocaust Denial.” — Ed.[1] Over the past twenty-five years, throughout much of the western world, historical revisionism has sustained ever-harsher assaults …

This book’s author, a Danish journalist now 57 years old despite the many death threats he has received, was catapulted to fame, to his great surprise, after the publication by his employer of a group of cartoons depicting Islam’s central prophet Mohammed in a number of unflattering, even risible poses. …

How big a danger are neo-Nazis and deniers of the holocaust, whether they spread their messages online as they increasingly do, or by more traditional means? They are not "a clear and present danger," according to the author of a book on holocaust denial, but they are "a clear and …

1952 schrieb Harry Elmer Barnes einen brandaktuellen Artikel mit dem Titel »How "Nineteen Eighty-Four" Trends Threaten American Peace, Freedom, and Prosperity« (Wie »1984«er Trends den amerikanischen Frieden, die Freiheit und den Wohlstand gefährden) als abschließendes Kapitel seiner klassischen revisionistischen Anthologie Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (Der ewige Krieg für den …

Last year at about this time, while much of the world was commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, a young man named Bela Ewald Althans was sentenced by a Berlin court to three and a half years in jail for telling tourists at Auschwitz that …

The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote in his 1851 volume, Parerga and Parlipomena, of Omar's [c. 581 – 644. Second of the Mohammedan caliphs] burning of the library at Alexandria as follows: Religions are the children of ignorance, and they do not long survive their mother. Omar understood that when …

Holocaust Education. September 26: on the Canadian prairie, an obscure former high school teacher, James Keegstra, is sentenced to a year in prison (suspended) – for introducing his students to a different side of the Holocaust question nearly 20 years ago. October 22: in Paris an attorney, Eric Delcroix, is …

In last issue’s “Revisionism Rampant ‘round the Globe,” which we aim to make a periodical update on what revisionist individuals and groups are accomplishing and enduring worldwide, we stated that the Verlag der Freunde, a Berlin-based outfit, published Nazi materials, including an SS song book. On December 11, we received …

Few things have been more disappointing to libertarian-minded revisionists than the persistent silence of free-speech organizations in the face of the worldwide persecution of Holocaust revisionists for their historical opinions. The same groups which have made a cause celebre out of every small-town effort to refuse to carry the latest …

More on the last days of Thies Christophersen, who died in February (SR41). He died in a home for the elderly of kidney cancer at the age of 79, shortly following his release by German authorities, who had arrested him in January. The former agronomist and puncturer of what he …

[A well-written article that Smith would have been glad to retain credit for.The piece, however, was written by Martin Henry, of whom you will shortly be hearing more.] Who will be left to stand up? The Review; University of Delaware, 5 December 1997 Bradley SmithGuest Column In the 20 years …
Mark Oppenheimer, a professor at Yale University, writes for The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Salon, Slate, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New Republic and others, in addition to The Tablet. So we should take him seriously. In his Tablet article of 2 November, this Jewish writer notes …

Yesterday's op ed by Daniel Ellsberg (of 1971 Pentagon Papers fame) provided a stunning retrospective on what Ellsberg calls the "different America" that dealt with him 40 years ago vis-a-vis the America that NSA Leaker Edward Snowden faces today for having committed "crimes" very similar to those committed by Ellsberg. …

Peter Cassells, Chairperson Holocaust Education Trust Ireland Clifton House Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2 Tel: +353 1 6690593 Email: [email protected] http://www.hetireland.org 29 August 2013 Dear Chairperson Cassells- First, congratulations on your election as new Chairperson of HETI. In November 2010 the Holocaust Education Trust held a conference entitled International Conference …

On April 26, 2014, a conference was held at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. This gathering was rather unusual in the history of such things, since it involved the discussion of a topic that isn’t talked about in American academia:  Are there boundaries to academic inquiry? This …

Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, President Humboldt University Berlin, Germany [email protected] San Diego, Cal., November 9, 2011 Dear Prof.-Dr. Olbertz: Through its law school, Humboldt University is hosting a conference this month whose purpose is hostile to freedom of expression. Not only is your august institution making its Grimm Auditorium available …