Opinion – German Far-Right Leader Quits After Photo Surfaces of Him Posing as Hitler – NBC News.com – John Gelmini

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, G...

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, Germany, ca. 06/1940 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We do not really have unrestricted freedom of the press and in UK we have Leveson as an additional restriction along with unwritten codes covering gypsies, Muslims, gay people and other vociferous minorities about what is “appropriate”.

People cannot commit libel, reveal state secrets, promulgate “hate speech” , breach laws on obscenity or engage in Holocaust denial.

Hitler, as Dr Alf knows, is still a taboo subject in many countries, and in Germany, you cannot even get a copy of Mein Kamf although you can in other EU countries including the UK.

Saying that Hitler was “back” was to stir up the folk memory of that terrible man and inject fear into the minds of his Twitter readers and it was therefore more than satire

John Gelmini

German Far-Right Leader Quits After Photo Surfaces of Him Posing as Hitler – NBC News.com

Adolf Hitler, head-and-shoulders portrait, fac...

Adolf Hitler, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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via German Far-Right Leader Quits After Photo Surfaces of Him Posing as Hitler – NBC News.com.

Satire takes another victim. Whilst I respect freedom of the press, I believe that there needs to be standards. Clearly, a German Far-Right leader posing as Hitler with the caption ‘He’s back’ goes too far.

So if we accept unrestricted freedom of the press, how do we stop satire from being too offensive to minorities?

Thoughts?