Free Speech Dying in Germany

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For Americans who were born and raised in the cloak of liberty, it can be difficult sometimes to fully appreciate the many rights we have in this country. It’s important to reflect on those rights every so often, however, because there are dark forces highly interested in taking them away. Those dark forces, which usually have a (D) next to their names, want to make America more like Europe. More like, say, Germany.

Where this is happening.

According to a retired media boss named Dr. Wolfgang Herles, the German government is putting extraordinary pressure on news companies to carry water for Angela Merkel’s migrant agenda. After broadcast station ZDF, which used to employ Herles as bureau chief, was criticized for its silence on immigrant violence, Herles was compelled to explain the full extent of the situation.

“We have the problem that – now I’m mainly talking about the public media – we have a closeness to the government. Not only because commentary is mainly in line with the grand coalition (CSU, CDU, and SPD), with the spectrum of opinion, but also because we are completely taken in by the agenda laid down by the political class,” Herles said in a radio broadcast last week.

“Today, one is not allowed to say anything negative about the refugees,” Herles continued. “This is government journalism and that leads to a situation in which people no longer trust us. This is a scandal.”

Groups smeared as “right-wing” crackpots in Germany have been accusing the media of promoting only one view of the migrants pouring into the country from the Middle East. According to the government, these groups are dangerous, fanatical, and share more than a passing resemblance to the doctrine of Hitler. Merkel has made an effort to crack down on what she calls “hate speech,” which, in this context, appears to be any speech that questions the wisdom of her refugee plan.

On New Years’ Eve, hundreds of North African migrants went wild in Cologne, Germany, raping and sexually assaulting women in a widespread series of attacks that the media did their best to cover up. In the wake of those incidents, more Germans than ever are wondering if Merkel’s compassion for migrants will cost them dearly at home. Unfortunately, without a media willing to tell the truth about this invasion – without even the freedom to discuss this problem on social media – there’s not much hope of putting together a political movement with any real steam behind it.

For all of the criticisms that we can lob at the Obama administration, it pays once in a while to take account of what we have here. Freedom of expression is alive and well in the United States. Let’s make sure we keep it that way. When detractors are silenced, tyranny takes root.