Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) also wants to protect less prominent politicians more effectively against hostility and hate speech. She plans to rewrite section 188 of the Criminal Code, the Social Democrat announced with the rightfulness to open a conference on the handling of justice and society.

Clause 188 of the Criminal Code regulates the protection of slander and slander against persons "in the political life of the people". However, the rule was mainly applicable to federal and state politicians, but not necessarily to members of parliament, district administrators or mayors. So far, the clause provides prisoners with imprisonment of three months to five years.

But not all who are politically active and exposed to incitement, attacks and hostilities also have a political mandate. Therefore, Lambrecht also wants to see how committed citizens can be better protected.

"If intimidated and attacked by those who work for democracy and the rule of law, our democracy is in danger," said the Minister of Justice. "We will not take that."

Network Enforcement Act is to be extended

In addition, the Network Enforcement Act should be further developed, by the end of the year, her department to make a proposal. "We need a duty of the networks to report the death threats or incitement to the police," said the minister. There should be no legal vacuum. "Haggis must be aware that they face punishment for slandering and threatening people." Also, social media would have to live up to their responsibilities better.

Cities President Burkhard Jung, who is also the Lord Mayor of Leipzig, spoke in favor of the project. "It must not be that it requires special courage to engage in local politics and to contribute their views to the discussion," he said.

At the conference in Berlin, representatives from politics, the judiciary and civil society discussed the persecution of racist acts and hatred in the net.

Only in the summer had a survey of local politicians and local politicians shown how much hostility has increased, especially from the right. The murder of the Kassel district president Walter Lübcke in June also created more awareness of this topic. The suspect belongs to the right-wing radical scene.