Fri 12 Jun 2009
I reblog this post from euro-med.dk 12 June 2009 because very few have understood the background for the silence and lack of criticism in the MSM as for the infinite Muslim mass immigration to Europe - which is now undermining our old societal order into a suicidal abyss of Chaos with the blessing of “our” politicians and media. Critics are considered criminals and racists!
Benita Ferrero Waldner 22. May 2006 (To leading Euromediterranean journalists during the Muhammad ”crisis”): “The media has a particularly important role to play against racism and xenophobia, because of its power to shape societal attitudes.
Freedom of expression is central to Europe’s values and traditions. But its preservation depends on individuals´ responsible behavior. By extension, we do not believe the media should be regulated from outside, but rather that you find ways to regulate yourselves. Freedom of speech is not freedom to offend. (just to flatter!)
In considering the question of self-regulation, I also ask you to think about the need for monitoring your own professional ranks.”
EU’s Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia
Bruxelles, den 26. februar 2008 (OR. en) 16771/07 DROIPEN 127
Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure that the following intentional conduct is punishable.
a) public incitement to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such group that is defined by reference to race, color, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.
b) performing an action as mentioned in a) in the form of public dissemination or distribution of tracts, pictures or other material.
c) public condoning or denial or gross trivialisation of (the Holocaust) crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes as defined in the Statute of the International Criminal Court (Articles 6, 7 and directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin, and crimes defined by the Tribunal of Nüremberg (Article 6 of the Charter of the International Military Tribunal, London Agreement of 1945) directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.
Member States may choose to punish only conduct which is either carried out in a manner likely to disturb public order or which is threatening, abusive or insulting.
Member States will ensure that these conducts are punishable by criminal penalties of a maximum of at least between 1 and 3 years of imprisonment.
The European Arrest Warrant! In February a Dane was extradited at the request of a German court to be prosecuted in Germany for having sold nazi music, which is not forbidden in Denmark. However, in Germany, he risks imprisonment for 5 years. Now, this arrest warrant will have even graver implications in case Turkey gains access to the EU: After a verdict at a Turkish court suddenly Turkish policemen might ring your doorbell to take you to Turkey to serve your punishment for having insulted Islam and the Prophet. This can be done without you knowing it or having any opportunity to defend yourself!
The EU Audiovisual Observatory was in Moscow in 2005 to learn self-regulation from the experienced Russians: “During the development of the (Russian) project, a dialogue with the judicial community has been established. N.D. Hohlov, the Vice-President of the Nizhniy Novgorod Regional court and M.V. Lysov, the president of the Nizhniy Novgorod Regional Council of Judges, expressed their high esteem for the project. The judges actively participated in seminars for the journalists of Nizhniy Novgorod.
Racism, Xenophobia and the Media.
Towards respect and understanding of all religions and cultures
An EU seminar in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
Vienna, 22-23 May 2006 - under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the EU in co-operation with the European Commission and the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC).
Over 100 leading journalists, media practitioners and civil society, representatives from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East convened to exchange views on the shared problem of racism or hate discourse. Representation from almost all EU countries and all of the EU’s ten Mediterranean partners.
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership has for a long time promoted dialogue between cultures in the EU and Southern Mediterranean countries.
*Foster intercultural and interfaith dialogue.
*fighting racism and xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.
The topics under discussion included
*improving reporting standards and accountability of journalists;
*self-regulation policies in the EU and in South- Mediterranean countries;
*impact of media reporting on ethnic and religious minorities;
*negative stereotyping (deliberately or inadvertently);
*recruitment practices in the media industry;
*balancing freedom of expression with the protection from hate speech;
*making better use of expertise and experience of civil society
The seminar was built around three areas developed as a result of earlier discussions in the Euromed region:
* Regulation (legislation and enforcement mechanisms);
* Self-regulation (codes of conduct, editorial standards, complaints mechanisms);
* Structural approaches (diversity training, recruitment, representation of cultural and religious groups in media programmes).
The opening speeches were followed by a keynote address by Doudou Diène, United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance:
*the political instrumentalisation and banalisation of racism (???),
*the intellectual legitimisation of racism by scholars and the media (???);
*increase of violent manifestations of racism and xenophobia (who makes the violence?).
*increase of political, legal and popular expressions of intolerance and discrimination towards Muslims in Europe, especially since the 9/11 attacks against the US.
*The clash between the old national identities, defined ethnically and religiously by education and history books, and the reality of the dynamics of multiculturalism in European societies lies at the root of the resurgence of racism and xenophobia in Europe.
*The Danish cartoon crisis is an illustration of this identity(???) crisis.
*Recognise and accept the fundamental reality that these people are not coming from the cosmos but from rich cultural and spiritual backgrounds and consequently that integration should be inspired by the spirit of intercultural dialogue, of giving (you) and taking (they), and practising cultural diversity.”
Proposals for Media regulation
*Voluntary bodies of media organisations can play a constructive role in self-regulation.
*Ensure that self-regulation is user-friendly
*Make self-regulation more visible to the public.
*dialogue among selfregulatory bodies on both sides of the Mediterranean
*Raise awareness among journalists and editors about existing codes and ethical standards.
*Diversity in the workforce.
* Make use of provisions in anti-discrimination legislation, where existing,
*Enhance the number of minority journalists through equal opportunities policies, positive action
* Making intercultural competence a mandatory job requirement for media professionals
* Show diversity as a normal feature of society in popular programmes (fiction).
*Discuss how to avoid language that incites prejudice, hostility and inter-community tensions.
*International twinning programmes between media professionals.
*Give more access and link to Southern experts in Northern media as special columnists, commentators, etc.;
*Make diversity training a standard element of journalist training curricula;
* Reach out to minority groups and encourage minority youth to pursue journalism as a career (e.g. through bursaries);
*Develop training programmes to bring professionals from the “North” to the “South” and vice versa;
Participants propose that civil society
*Build mature media relations by designating and training specialised spokespersons who can explain the issues in journalistic jargon and can speak on behalf of minority communities
* Produce media guides on the diverse groups in society (example: ‘British Muslims: Media Guide’,
*Monitor media reporting and interact with complaints bodies to report cases of racism.
Participants propose that religious community leaders
*Undertake twinning projects among synagogues, churches and mosques
* Create exhibitions on other faiths in places of worship; (crucifixes in mosques?)
European/international institutions and foundations
*To support the production by Euromed media of a White Paper on common standards on journalism
*To continue journalist exchanges and media initiatives such as the Euromed Journalist Prize on Cultural Diversity;
*Creating a political and legal framework to promote diversity in the media to curb racism.
*e.g. by introducing intercultural elements in standard school curricula;
* Support interreligious and intercultural initiatives and projects.
There is much more! Judge for yourself if the freedom of expression is threatened in the Euromediterranean area.
My attitude is: Not to direct my wrath against the Muslims. They are the way they are – and everything they do they do according to the commandments of the Koran . That can never be changed.
However, I direct my anger at ”our” politicians who know and on a daily basis see the incompatibility of Western and Muslim cultures. And who neverteless go on letting Muslims in – in order to have the native Europeans and their culture exchanged in the unholy name of globalisation.
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