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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Prison sentence for 'Holocaust denier' David Irving

"By banning freedom of speech, the State assumes the role of guardian of public morals. Discussion about certain events in the past is transferred from the local pub to the courtroom," comments Andres Wysling, who doubts this is a good thing. "There are good reasons for protecting freedom of speech in historical discussion and avoiding laws which have the effect of gagging such discussion. People like Irving are living testimony that false doctrines also have their adherents. They force the public to confront the most unpleasant historical issues on a regular basis and – hopefully – to learn lessons from that history."

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