Michael Stürzenberger is a writer, political activist, and stalwart of the Counterjihad in Germany, especially in Munich. A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the conviction of Mr. Stürzenberger for posting a photo on Facebook of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem shaking hands with a Nazi during the Second World War (see the article and interview about the conviction of Michael Stürzenberger). His crime was “inciting hatred towards Islam”. The court sentenced him to six months in prison — for sharing an accurate historical artifact.
It was encouraging to learn today that Poland has championed Michael Stürzenberger’s case at an official level, and will take Germany to task at the Council of Europe for its failure to uphold freedom of expression as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Germany is a signatory. A persecuted dissident must find it bracing to receive the backing of the governing party of a sovereign nation and member state of the European Union.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this article from Junge Freiheit:
31 August 2017
Poland’s ruling party concerned about freedom of expression in Germany
WARSAW. The Polish ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS), has announced that it will submit a proposal in Brussels concerning freedom of expression in Germany. “A discussion on freedom of speech in Germany should take place in the Council of Europe,” said PiS MP Arkadiusz Mularczyk.
“Poland is often given lessons by the EU, for example, about the media or the judiciary. We — on the other hand — would like to ask how democracy and freedom of speech are doing in Germany.”
His party [PiS] will shortly be submitting the application to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The reason is the conviction of the writer for “Politically Incorrect” (PI) Michael Stürzenberger for the use of “symbols of unconstitutional organizations” and the “abuse of religious groups”.
PI author sentenced
Stürzenberger had published an article at PI with a photo of the then-Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, and an NSDAP [Nazi] official in Berlin during World War 2, wearing a swastika armband. In the article, the 52-year-old author called Islam a “fascist ideology”. For this he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by the Munich District Court.
Mularczyk drew attention to alleged unequal treatment in the EU at the Polish broadcaster TVP.info: “Such proposals will annoy the European mainstream, as they will show how different countries of the Council of Europe are treated differently. Our neighbors want to treat us like a younger brother, who can be given lessons. Therefore we would like to ask in turn what is going on with democracy and freedom of speech in Germany.”
For links to previous posts about Michael Stürzenberger and Die Freiheit in Munich, see the Michael Stürzenberger Archives.