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German hate speech crackdown sparks censorship fears

1 month ago   |   By Politico

BERLIN - Germany is cracking down on hate speech online amid a rise in right-wing extremism, but critics warn that civil liberties will end up as collateral damage.
Hours before a far-right extremist shot nine people dead at two hookah bars in central Germany on Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government passed the first of two laws to further toughen its rules - already considered some of the world's strictest - governing speech online.
“Hate crimes should finally end up where they belong - in court,” said the Social Democrat Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht after the bill was...
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