Bill in Commons Against Hate Propaganda Receives Strong Support

The National Council for Civil Liberties gave strong support today to a bill before Parliament for the eighth time which would make it a punishable offense to incite hatred of persons because of their color, race or creed.

The endorsement was contained in the organization’s survey entitled “Civil Liberty, 1963.” The bill is a special project by MP Fenner Brockway. Its provisions would apply to such incitements whether in print, orally or by illustration.

The Council also said it did not believe that proposed amendments to the Public Order Act by deputy T. Iremonger, also now before Parliament, would meet the need. The Council stressed that the suggested amendments would not cover incitement by written matter. It pointed out that Austria, Denmark, Greece, West Germany, Italy, Holland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland all had laws against such incitement but that there had not been any curtailment of civil liberties in those countries stemming from such legislation.

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