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I’m interested about the German forum members’ personal view on the current state of free speech in their country. The other day I was watching interviews with street people in Germany and I couldn't help but noticed that everyone seemed to be so hesitant to speak their minds. It was really strange to me, I had the sense that people are afraid to talk about their views publicly for some reason. I spoke with some friends of mine who live in Germany and they told me that citizens can potentially lose their job if they get caught about criticizing the current immigration policies or express any negative views about refugees. Can you further elaborate on that?

I personally noticed that when the refugee crisis blew up in 2015, almost all German online news outlets took down their comment sections after the public opinion turned critical about Germany’s immigration politics. This was very odd to me. Also, everyone remembers how the Cologne incident was kept in secret in the media until the number of victim reports on social outlets reached a critical limit. Again, very odd.

I also see these German propaganda videos (it’s not clear who finances them) about being tolerant, being ”proud to be unproud” etc. in a disturbingly pushy way (a little blonde girl about the age of 7-8 persuaded to recite profanities for instance).

Futhermore, we know that the German government has recently directed social media outlets to strictly hunt down hate speech. Fellow German travelers I spoke with said they feel that it was done in order to stop the spread of negative attitude against immigrant policy and refugees.

Is it in your opinion morally acceptable for a society to suppress public opinion about certain relevant events and policies, even when it’s being done for a supposedly noble cause? Are you German members feel that there can be a backlash if you state certain opinions on public forums, social media, etc. I’m not talking about any hate speech or supremacist crap here, just reasonable critical arguments against the current policies. Do you feel there are certain views being favoured by the media while other views not equally tolerated (despite the popular catchword ”tolerance”)?

As a European in the US, I got many question from Americans regarding the situation in Germany. Everyone seem to be worried about your country these days.

Date: Sep 2, 2017   


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