According to Euobserver.com, the European Commission has said that Poland’s prosecution of BEHEMOTH frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski for “blasphemy” is against European values.
It said on Wednesday (October 31st) in a written statement that “national blasphemy laws are a matter for the domestic legal order of the member states.”
But it added that EU countries must respect international pacts. It cited the European Convention of Human Rights, a Poland-signatory treaty attached to the Strasbourg-based rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, on freedom of expression.
“This right protects not only information or ideas that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also those that offend, shock or disturb,” the commission said.
Read more at Euobserver.com.
In a statement posted on Facebook earlier today Nergal said: “As some of u know, I’ve been battling this bullshit for a few years now. Things are getting more serious and… dangerous. Anyway, looks like freethinking wins over obscurity in the end. If not in Poland, at least in Europe… Read and share. Wanted to thank u for all the words of support and encouragement. This means everything to me. Onward to victory! Hail Freedom!”