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German elites target ‘hate speech’ after migrant rape spree

From WND
By Douglas Ernst | 7 January 2016

‘We don’t have freedom of opinion anymore’


German elites are responding to a wave of sexual assaults by Arab and North African migrants on New Year’s Eve by cracking down on alleged hate speech.

Facebook, Google and Twitter are working with German authorities to control speech as angry citizens react to the chaos caused by refugees. The deal with social-media giants comes as Germans fume over 100 sexual assaults and robberies perpetrated by migrants last Friday in Cologne.

“We’ve looked at our general rules and understand that very specific forms of language may constitute hate speech,” Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice president of public policy in Europe, told the Washington Post on Thursday. “Our German reviewers are reviewing the meanings of German words and trying to understand what language crosses the line.”

Politicians and activists insinuate that heated rhetoric matches intensity last observed during the creation of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party in the 1920s. Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed 1.1 million migrants into Germany in 2015.

Merkel gave a speech Dec. 30 warning Germans to shun “those with coldness, or even hate in their hearts, and who claim the right to be called German for themselves alone and seek to marginalize others,” Deutsche Welle reported.

Germany’s enforcement-blitz on speech laws in recent months include a police raid on a 26-year-old man from Berlin who said he celebrated when refugees drowned on the way to Europe. Another man in Wismar was given five months probation and a $325 fine by a judge for making similar comments, the Post reported.

Reactions by German citizens to speech codes echo those by Americans after U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department would prosecute “anti-Muslim rhetoric.”
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One response to “German elites target ‘hate speech’ after migrant rape spree

  1. mathesisuniversalis 2016-05-06 at 11:57 am

    Reblogged this on L'horreur islamique à l'âge des ténèbres ن.


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