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Freedom of speech

Just as a spin off from the sharia law thread. Do members think that the UK has more freedom of speech than Poland these days?

My own view is that Poland is becoming more open and democratic and the UK is starting to feel like the old soviet bloc. Cameras everywhere, internet tracking, kids being fingerprinted at school, a dna database and next ID cards with your whole life story programmed on. What next?

We were having a debate about this with friends over a meal today and a friend whose mother lives in the states mentioned that the UK is far more open than the US, where despite having liberty stamped all over the constitution very little real liberty and freedom of speech exist in real life.

Would be interesting to see forum member views on this.

Re: Freedom of speech

Wasn't there a story about about some one having trouble for calling the president a 'kutas' and another German calling him a potato?

Gays still need to hide, Non catholics are not tolerated, Non whites are shouted at. Freedom of speech maybe.

Re: Freedom of speech

There are certainly fewer cameras and front-line police in Poland. But freedom of speech and tolerance are not something Poland is top of any list. Large sections of the media are controlled and journalists jailed for expressing their opinions.

Re: Freedom of speech

"Large sections of the media are controlled and journalists jailed for expressing their opinions. "

Do you think this is still the case with the new government?

Re: Freedom of speech

"Gays still need to hide, Non catholics are not tolerated, Non whites are shouted at. Freedom of speech maybe"

In the above do you mean Gays, non catholics and non whites are being persecuted by the government? I am referring to government respect for free speech rather than the personal prejudices of individual citizens.

I'd say Poland has come very far compared say to Russia or belarus where there is still a culture of soviet-esque fear.

Re: Freedom of speech

Press is still controlled in a very large way.