We have been discussing an alarming trend against free speech rights — in the West. Another such example emerged this week with criminal charges filed against leading French author Pierre Péan, who is charged with racial hatred for derogatory things said about Tutsis in a book in a book about Rwandan genocide.
At issue are four pages from Péan’s book — discussing what he describes as a culture of lies and deceit that hampered investigations into the killings.
A French rights group, SOS Racisme, filed the lawsuit against Péan — support by the public prosecutor.
SOS Racisme President Dominique Sopo said that “it seems to me that this particular issue greatly disturbs those who went through such drama and who prefer not to go through it again.” I understand that, but why does that mean that Péan cannot write such views? If this is the standard for such book, I expect anything short of a pop-up children’s book would “disturb” someone.
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