A few days ago, supreme state prosecutor Drago Šketa gave an interview to the Slovenian Press Agency (STA). For an ignorant reader, there was probably nothing wrong with the interview – Šketa will prosecute hate speech, including hate speech involving ordinary people. But when he was appointed, Šketa, if I recall correctly, announced a tough fight against organised economic crime. Then came the NLB affair, and the prosecutor’s office had no comment. It was claimed the matter had already been settled – there were no signs of a criminal offence (what?), but they would nevertheless do some investigating.
So much about Šketa’s enthusiasm for prosecuting economic crime. But Šketa, as a true communist soldier, now found the most loathsome criminal offence, one that must be prosecuted – hate speech. If you expect Šketa to prosecute hate speech both on the Left and the Right, you are very much mistaken. A few weeks ago, there was a story in the media about a Twitter user who called the Holocaust a Holohoax. He was of course processed immediately, though the prosecutor had enough sense to reject the charges. She found that the user had only expressed his opinion and had not called for intolerance or violence. Common sense that is obviously still present in some.
“Inquisitor” Šketa disagrees – he would prosecute personal opinions
Regarding this case, Šketa told STA: “Article 297 of the Criminal Code of Slovenia clearly states that those ‘denying, undermining, approving, belittling, ridiculing, or defending genocide, the Holocaust … shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of two years’. Any hate speech, even if it involves ordinary people, is hate speech. And this needs to be prevented through criminal prosecution. I expect public prosecutors to take action in such cases.” In other words, Šketa expects prosecutors to prosecute publicly expressed opinions – this is a restriction on freedom of expression, which is also an offence, just in case Šketa is unaware of this fact.
An interesting fact (warning to leftists: I do not deny the Holocaust) is also that the Holocaust is mentioned in the Criminal Code of Slovenia. Why? Why does the Criminal Code of Slovenia not mention the Holodomor (twice as many dead as in the Holocaust) or the Apartheid or the genocide in Congo or the Armenian genocide? Selectivity in criminal law is never a good thing. It is necessary to condemn all violent acts of the past, not just single out a few.
But Šketa did tell one truth: “The level of freedom of speech reflects the situation in a society.” Well, they have finally admitted it. The left-wing oppression of freedom of speech with regards to LGBT lobbies, welfare, and migration, the silence from authorities and the self-censorship of the media, are reflected in the sorry state of Slovenia. Well done, Šketa. He ascertained (perhaps unintentionally) that the greatest damage is being inflicted on this country through the oppression of freedom of speech by leftists.
Of course, the prosecutor’s office will be assisted by other inquisitorial organisations, such as the Peace Institute, the Anti-Hate Speech Council, the Association for Nonviolent Communication, and all other “non-governmental” organisations that are amply funded by the government – with public money of course. Šketa’s position is extremely detrimental to the democratic process since it indicates an inquisition against those who think differently. It indicates that Fišer is about to be succeeded by another Fišer. It indicates that the prosecutor’s office will become an even more radical tool of the Left than it has been up to now. The sad thing is that despite all the problems concerning the political and economic mafia, the priority of the prosecutor’s office is an inquisition against opponents of the lobbies controlling the country.