Freedom of Speech Takes a Hit
Where is the outrage here regarding the predicament in which Michael Savage finds himself? I won’t even bother to link anything since I’m sure most of you know what I am talking about.
While Savage may not have many friends at this website, he is still an American citizen with the same free speech rights that the rest of us enjoy. To lump him in with terrorists who would cut your throat or chop your head off without the slightest provocation strains credulity. To ban him from entering the United Kingdom shows a complete disrespect by their government for the Constitutional rights accorded to all American citizens.
Further, the UK is in direct violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to freedom of expression. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights , to which the US and UK are signatories, provides that
“Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print…”
The European Court on Human Rights has held that the “freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society.” The Court went on to say that this freedom of expression is not only applicable to information and ideas that are favorably received, but “also to those that offend, shock or disturb.”
If this were happening to Rush, the outcry would be deafening. But the slippery slope begins with an easy target, and soon could become an avalanche. Some of us may disapprove of what Savage says, but we should defend to the death his right to say it.