BT has banned a religious website critical of extremist Jews that it has hosted for four years following a campaign from a group of MPs claimed it was anti-Semitic. It is understood to be the first time that a website in Britain has been shut down under such circumstances. The website, www.catholicvoice.co.uk, takes an inflammatory stance over extreme sections of Judaism that reject non-Jewish races.
How is that anti-semitic? And who gave MPs to use this power? I can only imagine the outrage if a group of MPs shut down a website critical of Islamic extremism.
And it looks like the BBC is now actively engaging in self-censorship: BBC rejects play on Israel’s history for impartiality reasons. Translated to: BBC afraid of accusations of stoking anti-semitism by broadcasting a play Melanie Phillips doesn’t like. In which case it should ban all documentaries critical of the Middle East, South Asia, Christianity or anything else because of “impartiality” reasons too.
And I doubt there will be an outcry by people who usually claim to be defending free speech. The claim that free speech in the UK is only being threatened by Muslims just makes it easy now for authoritarians generally to ban whatever they want without the media hysteria they know would come if it related to Muslims. It gives them cover. There still are no equal standards on free speech. I want to see equal standards: you either ban everything provocative, or nothing.
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