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It's a sad day when to speak your mind is to risk the wrath of the law and misleading reports

Kevin Myers

Published 08/05/2009 | 00:00

What follows is even more boring than usual, but my good name is my good name, and the record has to be set straight.

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Last July, I wrote a column which I knew would get me into trouble. It was headlined, 'Africa has given the world nothing but AIDS'. (I did not write the headline). My overall gist was that the populations of African countries had more than doubled in the past quarter of a century. Aid has corrupted the continent. It is time to stop. Our liberal establishment has created a layer of speech-and-thought enforcement bodies to limit the range of public dialogue. Some now moved into action. The National Migrant Council reported me to An Garda Siochana, demanding a criminal prosecution for incitement to hatred, with a no-jury court, and four years imprisonment the possible outcome. Hans Zomer of Dochas reported me to the National Press Council, on numerous grounds.

It is a sad day indeed when to speak your mind is to risk the wrath of the law, aided by the State-backed auxiliary bodies of intellectual conformism: but such are the times we live in.

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