The European Commission’s announcement about fighting “hate speech” is meant to be in defense of those who are “persecuted due to race, religion, gender or sexuality.” By the end of 2021, the EC wants to propose a list of hate crimes, and some politicians are already noticing a hidden agenda in the project, reports Polish Catholic Radio Maryja.
According to the European Commission, opposing any form of racism, xenophobia and intolerance is necessary because these issues stand against the values on which the EU was founded and which were written into the second article of the Lisbon Treaty. The EC has stated that it will base its proposed list of crimes on the need to respect human dignity and Article 83 of the EU Treaty, which describes the minimal norms for defining crimes and punishment in the EU.
Polish Deputy Minister of Justice Marcin Romanowski referred to the initiative on social media and criticized its implementation.
“Hate speech is currently a very abstract term. Without precise criteria and clear principles, the European Commission will receive yet another tool for political pressure. We will be witness to ideological censorship against anyone who does not adhere to gender newspeak,” he wrote.
Obecnie "mowa nienawiści" jest pojęciem abstrakcyjnym. Bez precyzyjnych kryteriów i jasnych założeń, Komisja Europejska uzyska kolejne narzędzie nacisku politycznego. Będziemy świadkami cenzury ideologicznej wobec każdego kto stosuje genderowej nowomowy. https://t.co/PayOHCJeWD
— Marcin Romanowski (@MarRomanowski) May 12, 2021
Law and Justice MEP Ryszard Czarnecki also criticized the project.
“The European Commission president’s newest proposal to combat hate speech seems to be a good thing on the surface because hatred is an ugly thing. Nevertheless, given such a vague approach to the issue, the project may turn into a kind of censorship meant to silence views that are unpopular with the liberal-left establishment, which has a majority in the European Parliament, that is, EU elites,” Czarnecki said.