With Paul-Eric Blanrue, against the Gayssot Act
and for Vincent Reynouard
It's wrong when we are denied the right to challenge common beliefs or culture, especially when everyone knows that the books are written by the victors. It doesn't stem from hate to say "I don't believe" whatever. This anti free speech stuff always irks me. This is nothing like a call to violent action even. (Steve Wozniak)
That is the comment with which Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers (see his biography at
), has recently accompanied his signature of the petition launched in France by historian Paul-Eric Blanrue against the Gayssot Act and in favour of Vincent Reynouard. The Gayssot Act of July 13, 1990 prohibits the diffusion of historical revisionism on pain of imprisonment and fine.
On the grounds of this law, Vincent Reynouard, aged 41 and a father of eight, was in 2007 sentenced to one year in prison without probation and ordered to pay about €70,000 for having written a 16-page pamphlet entitled Holocauste ? Ce que l'on vous cache...
("Holocaust? What’s being kept hidden from you...").At the request of the French authorities, who had issued a "European arrest warrant" for him, he was arrested by the Belgian police last July in Brussels, where he lived with his family, then jailed in Belgium for over fifty days before being extradited to France. He is now incarcerated in Valenciennes in northern France.
And throughout the Western world the mainstream media ignore the fact that in France an honest man, father of eight children, is serving a year in prison and must pay €70,000 because he authored a piece of writing of sixteen pages.
For his part Noam Chomsky has stated his position in a letter against the Gayssot Act and in defence of Vincent Reynouard. You may find that letter at The full statement from Noam Chomsky to the release of Vincent and the repeal of the law Gayssot | Comité de soutien ŕ Vincent Reynouard
.Currently there are a thousand signers of the petition.
I invite you to add your signature to theirs once you have read the English version of the press release, posted at French author Vincent Reynouard sentenced to one year in prison
presenting Mr Reynouard’s case and showing the e-mail address to which to send your name; please indicate your place of residence and, if you wish, your profession.
(November 5, 2010)