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The Dutch "Freedom of Expression

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Submitted by David Rus (Netherlands), Mar 25, 2008 at 05:38

Here in Holland, most people are using the argument of "freedom of expression" as often is related to the principles of a democracy, to counter any discussion with those who are against the movie.

If this is true, "the freedom of expression." I am wondering where I can find the so-called "freedom of expression"in the context of the the Hitler greeting or the publishing of his book Mein Kampf.

Here in Holland, you cannot buy Mein Kampf. German even prohibited to the use of the Hitler greeting. Is this not also a form of expression and thus can be categorized of "freedom of expression? Of course, one cannot reject the notions of the horiffied events that happened in WWII. The main question is, to what extent can we use the argument of "freedom of expression"? It is obvious that this is still an ongoing debate and the only positive result of Wilders' movie is that it contributes and perhaps intensifies the debate of "freedom of expression".

David

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