Brendan O'Neill on Censorship Laws' Role in the Copenhagen Shooting


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The two recent acts of censorship-by-murder in Europe—first at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and then at a free-speech debate in Copenhagen—have put the continent's political classes in a pickle.

For as much as European rulers want to, and do, condemn the brutal actions of these Koran-bashing offense-takers, the fact is they also share something in common with them: a devotion to shushing and sometimes punishing those who offend people's sensibilities.