Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fredrick Toben convicted of "Holocaust Denial," faces jail in Australia

The Australian reports that my friend Fredrick Toben was ready to go to jail yesterday as he faced a hearing on what punishment he should face for breaching a court order barring him from publishing material denying the Holocaust.

It is reported that he has vowed to go to jail rather than pay any fine imposed on him. Justice Bruce Lander has reserved his decision on what specific penalty he should impose.

The case against Toben was brought by Jeremy Jones, the former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. There's a surprise for you.

Here is a link to a brief interview with Toben on YouTube.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Holocaust denial if not such a serious subject would be laughable. It takes a seriously deluded academic (or essentially a liar) to believe that the holocaust didn't occour.

However freedom of speech is THE paramount human right upon which all others are based. To disallow Toben from voicing his opinion the courts have overstepped the mark.

In the words of Voltaire; I may not agree with what he says, but I will defend his right to say it to the death!

Anonymous said...

To be honest I don't know much of the technicalities of the argument, but if it's so easy to disprove these 'deniers', if they really have to be 'deluded', then why do we need a law prohibiting denial? Just prove them wrong, laugh them out of academic circles and be done with it.
The very existence of the law is, to me, the most suspicious thing.

Anonymous said...

To be honest I don't know much of the technicalities of the argument, but if it's so easy to disprove these 'deniers', if they really have to be 'deluded', then why do we need a law prohibiting denial? Just prove them wrong, laugh them out of academic circles and be done with it.
The very existence of the law is, to me, the most suspicious thing.

joe said...

It's a wonder judges that sentence these people to prison aren't ventilated by people who are fed up with this shit. It's a wonder people who sit on juries who convict people like Matt Hale and send them to prison when the government clearly set them up. People you would think would realize it's time to play hard ball. You would think judges would be easy to get to and jury people would be very easy to access.