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February 14, 2005

Where Asking A Question Can Lead to Criminal Charges...

Blind Boy Grunt pointed me to this press release from the United States Helsinki Commission. Apparently, a journalist could face up to one year in prison for "insulting" a public official. The journalist asked a police officer if his refusal to shake her hand was related to the fact that she is Romani.

What is the Commission? According to the press release,

The United States Helsinki Commission, an independent federal agency, by law monitors and encourages progress in implementing provisions of the Helsinki Accords. The Commission, created in 1976, is composed of nine Senators, nine Representatives and one official each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.
A further explanation is on their website.

Posted by cj at February 14, 2005 3:09 PM

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