EU May Block “Undesirable” Websites
European readers had better enjoy sites like Right Wing News while they can. As the EU continues to congeal into tyranny, “undesirable” areas of the Internet may soon be off limits:
Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator, has publicly stated that he wishes for the European super-state to be able to remove not just websites that promote illegal content, but also those which he calls “undesirable.”
What does “undesirable” mean? Whatever Europe’s politically correct statist bureauweenie overlords say it means. Those who disagree will be increasingly out of luck if the trend toward supranational centralization of power continues.
Setting out the action being taken by the EU, de Kerchove said, “The Commissioner for Home Affairs will set up a forum to discuss with the big players — Google, Facebook, Twitter — how we can improve the way one removes from the internet the illegal and, if not illegal, undesirable websites.”
Experience suggests that eurocrats will have no problem getting cooperation from Silicon Valley moonbats when it comes to suppressing free speech.
No doubt this will be sold as an anti-jihadist measure, and that may be the genuine intent. But it doesn’t matter why freedom is snuffed out — only that it is gone.
Big Brother Watch [a UK free speech outfit] pointed to an EU report from 2013 which discussed how “Media councils should have real enforcement powers, such as the imposition of fines, orders for printed or broadcast apologies, or removal of journalistic status.”
The worryingly Orwellian phraseology goes even further in the EU publication, ironically entitled A Free and Pluralistic Media to Sustain European Democracy. The report states, “The national media councils should follow a set of European-wide standards and be monitored by the Commission to ensure that they comply with European values.”
Precisely what “European values” are, and who would be the arbiter of such things, is left intentionally vague.
Political trends indicate that anything a jihadist might find it advantageous to denounce as “racist” will be regarded as far less compliant with “European values” than the multiculturally blessed jihadist’s own screeds.
On a tip from Henry. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.