One small point

Reader comment on: The Erosion of Free Speech

Submitted by Martial, May 3, 2015 18:08

The unfortunate case of the British babysitter should not have been included. All who visit other countries must abide by their laws, like it or not. This poor woman, out of ignorance, violated one of the laws of The Sudan. A difference between alien visitors & citizens is that ignorance is an excuse. That's where embassies come into play. The result of excellent work by the British embassy was that this women was permitted to leave unharmed.

The reason for saying this is that many have said that David Irving was a victim of free speech inhibition when he intentionally went to Austria to violate its laws on Holocaust denial. He had every right to say what he wished in the United Kingdom, but instead chose to go to Austria to create a stir. He wound up in jail for good reason.

In the end, the most important thing to remember when traveling abroad is that one is a guest who is expected to obey, as closely as possible, the laws of the host country. This means that one cannot defame the Koran in Saudi Arabia, for example.

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