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Hate comments: Renate Künast launches campaign against digital violence


Together with supporters, the Green Party politician calls for a consistent approach against hatred in the network. In addition to law enforcement, there should also be more research.

The Green politician Renate Künast has launched a call against violence on the Internet together with 19 other politicians, cultural workers and officials. Under the title "Women Against Digital Violence # Net Without Violence", the group put their call online Friday. "Even in the normal everyday life in digital printing is exercised on women, because they are abused, there is stalking, to sent nude pictures," said Künast. "We need a social discussion about what happens there."

The idea for the action arose in a conversation with the journalist and co-initiator Anne Wizorek, said Künast. Wizorek initiated the hashtag #aufschrei in January 2013, triggering a debate on everyday sexism. For this she was awarded the Grimme Online Award.

Wizorek wrote on Twitter: "We demand: education, law enforcement, resources and research - the whole call is here, please share it diligently." Among the other signatories include the Berlin SPD politician Sawsan Chebli, the Left Bundestag Petra Pau and the author Kübra Gümüsay.

Digital violence is real, according to the call. Among other things, the petitioners call for law enforcement structures, information and advice centers and research on gender-based violence to be extended.

The topic of insult and hatred on the Internet had once again provoked outrage after the Berlin Regional Court had recently classified desertions against Künast on social media as permissible expression of opinion. With the action, the women wanted to draw attention to the situation of women beyond the political sphere, Künast said. "Just as we have demanded the financing of women's shelters and counseling centers in violence, we now point to the new form of violence, which takes place in the digital."

Source: zeit

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