EU wants to add internet hate speech as a crime

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 05-12-2020 16:00:00 · 4 Comments

The European Commission wants to add Internet hate speech and incitement to the list of punishable crimes in the European Union (EU), particularly against journalists, at a time when physical and online threats are increasing to these professionals.

At stake is the new Action Plan for European Democracy, which provides that in 2021 “the Commission will propose an initiative to extend the EU’s list of crimes under article 83 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to cover hate crimes and hate speech, including online”.

Article 83 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union refers to “criminal offenses and sanctions in areas of particularly serious crime with a cross-border dimension” and it is here where it is mentioned crimes such as terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering that Brussels intends to include hate speech on the internet.

The institution justifies the measure with the increase in physical and online threats and attacks on journalists in the EU. "Journalists are targets of harassment, hate speech and campaigns of smear, sometimes even initiated by political actors, in Europe and abroad, and women journalists are particularly targeted", reinforces the European Commission, noting that, sometimes, this leads to “self-censorship and a reduction in the space for public debate on important issues”, reinforced the European Commission, according to Lusa News Agency.

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The rich people who run the EU are all evil. Is this hate speech? Immigrants "can" cause a rise in crime. Is this hate speech? Who decides what is "hate speech"? The people in power, yeh, the ones with all the money, who are such nice honest people and would never "hate" anyone. Please Europeans dont let the rich people control your speech, then they control your thought, and this is what they want total control

By Daniel from USA on 07-12-2020 10:15

And who will define what constitutes a hate speach ? The State of course.

This is nothing more than an attack on free speach.

Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech.

By miguel from Lisbon on 06-12-2020 09:03

If I have a different opinion to the masses, am I a hater if I express it?

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King

By Steve Walker from Other on 06-12-2020 05:20

It is about time. It's revolting and nauseating to read some comments online and worse of all to know they are coming from human beings.

By Diogo from Madeira on 05-12-2020 05:40
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