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Germany to tighten hate speech law to fight far-right violence

BERLIN — The German government is set to beef up the countrys online hate speech law as part of a broader set of measures to crack down on right-wing political violence.

“Were devastated by the most recent events this year,” German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht told a news conference Wednesday, referring to the murder of a regional politician by a suspected neo-Nazi in June as well as a shooting rampage outside a synagogue and kebab shop earlier this month, which was streamed online and left two dead.

“But we cant just stop at being devastated,” Lambrecht added.

The measures approved by Chancellor Angela Merkels government this morning will further toughen up the countrys hate speech law known as NetzDG, which was passed two years ago and is considered one of the strictest in the world.

The new measures will require social media providers to proactively inform law enforcement about illegal content such as death threats or the incitement of hatred on their platforms; currently, they only have Read More – Source