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Spanish anti-terror law has 'chilling effect' on satire, says Amnesty International



https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/13/spanish-anti-terror-law-has-chilling-effect-on-satire-says-amnesty-international

This is actually pretty scary to think about in a supposedly "modern" EU country although after living in Spain for a while it is hardly surprising. It's time for the EU courts to do their job I think despite that a ruling would likely be roundly ignored as usual.

Amnesty International has warned that an “exponential increase” in prosecutions under a controversial Spanish anti-terrorism law is having a chilling effect on satire and dissent and is pushing social media users, musicians and journalists towards self-censorship.

The charity is calling for the law to be repealed, arguing that recent high-profile cases brought under article 578 of Spain’s criminal code have highlighted the danger the legislation poses to freedom of speech and international human rights law.

Under the article, those found guilty of “glorifying terrorism”, justifying terrorist acts or “humiliating the victims of terrorist crimes or their relatives” can be jailed, fined and banned from holding public sector jobs.

Over the past two years, the legislation has been used with increasing frequency. In 2016, a judge eventually shelved an investigation into two puppeteers who were suspected of glorifying terrorism during a performance in Madrid.

Two musicians – César Strawberry, lead singer of the group Def Con Dos, and the rapper Valtonyc – have given prison sentences following prosecutions under article 578.

Strawberry was sentenced to a year in prison in January last year for tweeting jokes about Eta and giving the king “a cake-bomb” for his birthday, while Valtonyc recently had his three-and-a-half year prison sentence upheld after being convicted of distributing songs online that threatened a politician with violence, glorified terrorism and insulted the crown.

A film-maker and a journalist are also among those charged under the legislation.

Perhaps the most notorious case, however, is that of Cassandra Vera, a student who was given a suspended jail sentence and banned from doing a publicly-funded job for seven years for tweeting jokes about the 1973 assassination of a Spanish prime minister.


Inbox told me to say Hi!

So I figured I would.

A little about me I guess, firstly I am an Aussie living in Spain. Might as well get that one out of the way straight up.
I used lurk here a long time ago and only really just rediscovered it, this place is kinda my people I would say. I certainly share many of the current worries that most here do in regards to the Dotard which is probably why I made the jump to actually join. Plus it is nice to just post with people who are not bat shit crazy.

Anyhow, that's all for now. Any questions just fire away.

Cheers
Thyla
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