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Cyberbullying: Bavaria demands up to five years in prison for defamation


Hate attacks and libel on the Internet should soon be punished harder. At least that is what the Bavarian Minister of Justice Georg Eisenreich is calling for throughout Germany.

Insults and slander should be punished by the will of Bavaria with up to five years in prison. "Insults are in the anonymity of the Internet often more uninhibited, have a greater range and are virtually impossible to get out of the world," said the Bavarian Minister of Justice Georg Eisenreich (CSU) the news agency dpa. Also in the context of Cybermobbing show another quality. "We have to adapt the criminal law to this development."

Specifically, Eisenreich calls in his draft federal law for insults a maximum sentence of two years (so far one year) and bad slander of up to three years (so far one year). For defamation should be imposed for up to five years instead of two years previously imprisonment. "Our rule of law must defend itself against the increasing spread of hatred and incitement with determination." Those who want to combat extremism effectively must start with the words, "said the CSU politician.

Eisenreich advocates not only selectively changing the offense criminal law, but also modernizing it comprehensively. This he had also informed Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) recently by letter. "I do not only want to adjust the offense criminal law in the fight against Hatespeech." Also, as far as cyberbullying and hate speech against people who are in public life, the criminal law must be nachgeschärft. " Increasingly, minorities, political dissidents and politicians would become the target of hatred and hate speech. This leads to an unacceptable poisoning of the social and political climate.

The Bavarian proposal for the amendment also stipulates that racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic or other inhumane insults can be prosecuted without a criminal complaint. "These cases concern us all, and the prosecutor must have the opportunity to prosecute without a criminal complaint, as long as the victim does not contradict," said the Bavarian Minister of Justice. For a successful fight against hatred and hate Germany needs a contemporary criminal law. The central rules on insult, libel and slander have not been changed but essentially in the past 150 years.

Source: zeit

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