In this press release by the German Federal Police all occurs so well-known, somehow!
Together against Hate and smear on the net: 2. federation wide day of action to combat hatepostings
- Date:20. Juni 2017
- Year of edition: 2017
Such hate criminality in the network poisons the social climate and can lead to the radicalization of individuals or even groups. Smear paroles on the Internet abuse and undermine the understanding of freedom of expression. Freedom of expression ends when the rights of others are violated. It makes no difference whether the offenses are committed in the real world or on the Internet.
Anyone who publishes hateposting on the Internet can be severely punished. For example, racial incitement in social networks or online forensics can be punished with a prison sentence of up to five years.
This is why the police today, together with the judicial authorities, once again carries out a nationwide campaign against hatepostings.
Since 06.00o´clock, 23 police officers have been deployed in Brandenburg, Berlin, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Bremen, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saarland. They conduct house searches, interrogations and other measures against 36 accused.
The actions pursued today are mostly politically motivated popular incitements. The police are also against a hate poster from the Reichsbürgerszene as well as two politically left motivated perpetrators. In another case, the sexual orientation of the victim was the target of hate posting.
The Federal Criminal Police Office coordinates the action day like last year.
BKA President Holger Münch: “The still high incidence of criminal hate posts continues to show the need for police action. Our free society must not allow a climate of fear, threats, punishable incitement and violence either on the road or on the Internet.
The police and the judiciary are therefore today resolutely and jointly against Internet smears, whether the underlying acts be left, right or otherwise motivated. I welcome the repetition of last year’s anti-hate campaign.The center, the Federal Criminal Police Office, supports the measures of the states.
Combating hate and hatred on the Internet is a great, societal task. Almost everyone can contribute. Support the fight against criminal hate postings by providing criminal complaints or informing Internet companies, signatories, associations and clubs about offensive Internet content. “
The Federal Criminal Police Office therefore advises:
Anyone who encounters hate, agitation and verbal violence on the Internet or in social networks or even becomes a victim should report it to the police. Some of the federal states have Internet portals available, which can also be anonymous. The portals can be found, for example, on the homepage of the BKA or on the Internet portal of the German police (www.polizei.de).
The regional police and judicial authorities provide information on the investigations.
Press release as PDF