Ice-T(ea) for Freedom of Expression – Breaking News in Censorship Incident

     |    Thursday, der 13. January 2011

As the first high profile application of Hungary’s controversial new media law (in effect January 1), the newly created NMHH media supervision board  is currently prosecuting independent Budapest radio station Tilos (incidently, the Hungarian word for “forbidden”) for playing the Ice-T song “It’s On” because the song was ruledto be ‘dangerous for youths’.

Tilos may be fined with a stiff penalty. These developments are especially contentious in light of Hungary having just commenced its six month presidency of the EU council.

BREAKING NEWS: NMHH WILL NOT PROSECUTE! THE REGULATORY BOARD CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT HUNGARIAN YOUNG PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE AMERICAN SLANG USED IN THE SONG.

On January 11, 50 people gathered as a flashmob in front of the Hungarian embassy in Berlin to protest the measure and the law – by drinking Ice-Tea and mulled wine in hopes of entering into a dialogue with diplomats. According to statements by the flashmob organizers to the taz daily newspaper, the embassy staff was cooperative, referring to the newly published English language version of the law. The law is considered to be in violation of recognized free speech principles because it has instated an unchecked regulatory board which can fine and ban according to unclearly defined guidelines. Hungarian officials claim that the availability of the English text will dispel “misunderstandings”.

Here’s the objectionable song by the O.G. (original gangster) Ice-T himself.

Ice-T is interviewed in the film BORN 2B GANGSTA (about the genesis of gangsta rap), available on realeyz.tv.