IFPS and Geert Wilders Call for an International First Amendment

By Baron Bodissey • on February 23, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

International Free Press Society and Geert Wilders Call for An International First Amendment And Ban On All Hate Speech Laws

Washington DC — On Friday, February 27, 2009, Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders, founder and floor leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), and the International Free Press Society (IFPS), in conjunction with the Center for Security Policy, will discuss recent attacks on free speech worldwide, especially the recent legal actions against Wilders and other political leaders and journalists.

The International Free Press Society will announce a global initiative to protect free speech from laws that criminalize any criticisms of Islam or the doctrines of Shariah.

The event will include a screening of Fitna, the controversial film which includes quotations from the Koran, documentary footage of Islamic leaders inciting violence (jihad) based on those quotations, and documentary footage of jihadist violence. The film can be viewed on the Internet here.

Mr. Wilders will discuss his efforts to show Fitna and to rally support for free speech and the right to criticize Islam.

Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy, will discuss the dangers to America’s national security and civil liberties imposed by global oppression of free speech. CSP recently hosted a conference in London entitled “Free Speech, Jihad and the Future of Western Civilization.” Selected speeches from that conference can be found here.

Concerning recent attacks on free speech, Gaffney said: “The insinuation of Shariah legal codes and practices into Free World societies includes the effort to impose Shariah blasphemy, slander and libel laws in the West. According to Shariah, it is impermissible to engage in speech or writings that ‘defame’ Islam or otherwise offend its followers. We must oppose all these efforts.”

Lars Hedegaard, President of the International Free Press Society, will introduce Mr. Wilders and outline the IFPS 2009 campaign to ban hate speech laws and to work for an “International First Amendment.” Hedegaard said:

The hate speech and blasphemy laws that are now common in many European countries lack clarity as to precisely what they aim to criminalize. Recent experience with their implementation further shows that they are unequally applied. This state of affairs is intolerable and the IFPS must therefore demand that all such laws be repealed. The way to deal with controversial, offensive or even hateful statements — unless they are directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action — is to expose them to public debate and criticism.

M.P. Geert Wilders lives under 24 hour police protection. Following Fitna’s release online in March 2008, al-Qaeda issued a fatwa calling for Wilders’ murder. Wilders also currently faces prosecution in Holland for alleged “incitement to hatred and discrimination.” Wilders called the Dutch Court of Appeals’ decision to prosecute him an attack on freedom of expression. “Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted,” he said.

Mr. Wilders was recently arrested and deported from England, where he had traveled on the invitation of members of the House of Lords to speak and show the film. He is visiting New York, Boston and Washington DC this week, meeting with private organizations, political leaders and journalists to encourage their support for the campaign to protect free speech worldwide.

An extended question and answer session with all three speakers will follow their presentations.

Press Conference Logistics

  • Date: Friday, February 27, 2009
  • Security Check-in Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Press Conference: 9:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Lisagor Room, The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045
  • Pre-registration required: Please email or call Christine Brim at 202-835-9077 (office) or 202-379-6776 (cell) to pre-register. Space is limited and advance pre-registration is required. Anyone who is not pre-registered will not be permitted entry to the press conference.
  • Security Check-in: Please allow ample time for security check-in. Personal identification and press credentials will be required. All bags, equipment and persons will be subject to inspection.

Comments

By costin on February 23rd, 2009 at 6:03 pm

it’s about time!
Good luck with this, even if I dont expect too much….

By Piglet-U93 on February 23rd, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Go to the conference prepared - 1) The Quran is not in chronological order it is in order from largest chapter to smallest chapter. 2) The Quran is logically divided into two periods the Meccan and the Medina. 3) The Meccan period occurred first and contains the peaceful verses. 4) The Medina period is after the Meccan period and contains the violent and hateful verses. 5) The peaceful Meccan verses have been ABROGATED, MADE NULL AND VOID by the Medina verses. 6) Caution some chapters have mixed Meccan and Medina verses. 7) Which chapters belong to which period can be found at a) Ex-Muslim site: http://www.answering-islam.org/ (I do not remember exactly where within the site)
[Abrogation: http://answering-islam.org/BehindVeil/btv10.html

and b) http://www.prophetofdoom.net.
[The (downloadable for free) book by the same name presents Mohammad's life by going through the Quran and Ahadith in chronological order]

By wileysnakeskins on February 24th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I sent the e-mail I received about this to every Senator, congressman and news agency I could find in my State for information purposes. These ideals and ideas have to be passed along. Everyone who loves freedom and western ideals and culture has to stand up and stand up NOW! We are currently losing the WAR against islam! It’s true, there are at least 60 countries right now fghting for their very lives and freedoms. Alott of them have already lost. When the muslim population gets to 40 to 60% you are just plain in a real, all out War on the streets and if you have cowards like the Netherlands and England have, you are for sure going to lose. The Geert Wilders of the World are the George Washington’s of today! They must be listened to, they must be followed and they surely must be joined by all freedom loving human beings on this planet and it’s getting pretty darn late for joining. islam MUST be stopped and if it could be ground out of the world completely and out of the minds of human beings completely. The World literally might have a chance to survive as a place where human beings might actually want to stay. If islam is the victorious one; I know I’m not sticking around too long because I will be fighting to my very last breath to defeat it. God bless all of those heroes who are out there now sounding the alarm, alone and under serious threat of death and incarceration. Join them, support them and most of all, love them for what they stand for and are trying to do for you.

By Trenchant Commentator on February 24th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Geert Wilders is - beyond the shadow of a doubt - doing MORE to awaken the world to the threat of creeping Islamism than any other identifiable politician. Please, please, please, try to arrange for Mr. Wilders to visit Canada BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

That having been said, I wish to take this opportunity to tha nk Geert Wilders and the IFPS for all their efforts on behalf of freedom of speech and Western Civilization.

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