Remarks made by a member of the European Parliament representing the Netherlands brought into focus the dangers of globalism superseding national sovereignty and national identity. They ultimately lead to the loss of fundamental human rights.
MEP Marcel de Graaff appeared at a press briefing and warned that the term "hate speech" would extend to views opposing mass migration. Hs remarks were in support of the U.N. Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, expected to be approved later this month in Marrakech, Morocco.
"One basic element of this new agreement is the extension of the definition of hate speech," de Graaff said. "The agreement wants to criminalize migration speech. Criticism of migration will become a criminal offense." Then he addressed what should have been matters of greatest concern to his audience: members of the press.
"Media outlets that give room to criticism of migration can be shut down," he said.
De Graaff’s warning is in lockstep with a speech given by last month by U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour.
Titled "Words Matter: Role and Responsibility of the media in shaping public perceptions about migrants and refugees and promoting inclusive societies," Gilmour said, "Hate crimes against migrants are an especially unpleasant manifestation of what I see as an almost global backlash against human rights."
Apparently the "sticks and stones" standard no longer applies. Words not only hurt but can now be the subject for criminal prosecution.
He claimed that mass migration was itself a fundamental human right.
Like de Graff, Gilmour continued with a warning that the press had better buckle down and accept that reporting against mass migration would no longer be permitted.
"In its Objective 17, the Global Compact commits States and other stakeholders to promote quality reporting by media outlets of migration-related issues and terminology, to investing in ethical reporting standards and advertising, and to stopping allocation of public funding or material support to media outlets that systematically promote intolerance, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination against migrants. These are crucial points we all need to build on."
What Gilmour (and de Graff) fails to understand is that the first rule of “quality reporting” and “ethical reporting standards” is to tell the truth. News media outlets owe no fidelity to anyone other than their readers, listeners, and viewers.
This especially holds true with its relationship to the state. A free and independent press is not a government’s friend or mouthpiece — it’s the state’s watch dog, and as such is the first to raise the alarm when it acts against the interests of the people.
U.N. member nations are pushing back. Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland have already stated they will not sign the agreement, the UK Express reported Sunday.
The right of a nation to define and defend its own borders and determine who may be allowed in and who may not trumps any alleged right to immigration-at-will.
The right to speak freely and to report the news honestly and accurately trumps any perceived right to be free of hurt feelings.
And the EU and U.N. are showing the world the dangers of giving power to an international authority.
As historian and moralist Lord Acton remarked in an 1887 letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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