Free Speech on Trial Again in the Netherlands

Gates of Vienna 19 November 2012

Last year Geert Wilders was acquitted by an Amsterdam court of inciting hatred and discrimination by his statements and his movie about Islam. This year a young man named Robert de Jonge faces a similar ordeal for what he said about Muslims in an interview.

Below is an article from De Dagelijkse Standaard about what is happening to Robert de Jonge. It was translated by Vederso, with the author’s consent.

The translator includes this note:

The complaint against Robert de Jonge was initially reported on 9/11/2011. The exact content of the lawsuit is not yet known.

This may seem like a publicity stunt, but when you take a closer look at it, not only is this young man on trial, but also Free Speech.

Joost Niemöller is a serious journalist for De Dagelijkse Standaard (The Daily Standard), a large non-MSM news site in The Netherlands. He has done a three-part interview series with Hans Jansen on his book about the Crusades, and much more. (continue reading...)