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An anonymous reader writes "Another European country clamps down on free speech:

"It does seem bizarre that, in 2009, a modern European nation would seek to shield religious belief from criticism — yet that is what is happening in Ireland right now. In repealing the 1961 Defamation Act, the Irish government sought to expunge the worst excesses of Ireland's draconian laws restricting free speech, but in the process it has ended up making offending religious belief a criminal offence.

"Aside from a 25,000 fine (reduced from the 100,000 originally sought by the government), the new Defamation Act gives the authorities the power to stage raids on publishers: the courts may now issue a warrant authorising the police to enter, using 'reasonable force', premises where they have grounds for believing there are copies of 'blasphemous statements'."

The article notes other Irish attacks on freedom including that: "the state has decided to allow itself the right to access two years worth of every citizens' email correspondence, telephone calls and text messages."

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/7171/"

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