European (#4), that's what being european is all about! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Voice of Reason
    • 26.01.07 | 02:42 (IST)

    Obviously, such a law would be totally unconstitutional in the US with its explict and written Bill of Rights defending freedom of (political) speech. Great Britain with its more vague and mostly unwritten constitution, but with a similar anglo-saxon legal tradition, is also unlikely to accept such a limit, although the British Official Secrets Act, as originally written, was even worse. The rest of Europe has a separate legal tradition, often based on Code Napoleon, which is based on the assumption that government has a duty to protect the people from themselves by exercising control over outrageous speech and behavior, even when not an immediate dange to others. As Britain edges ever closer to a united Europe, these are the sort of conflict and contradictions that will be ever more common.

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