Is Germany’s new hate speech law killing press freedom?

Source: CNN

by Ivana Kottasová

Germany’s tough new social media law was meant to rid Twitter and Facebook of hateful and illegal content. But critics say that at just 96 hours old it is already choking press freedom.

The debate flared up after Twitter (TWTR) blocked the account of German satirical magazine Titanic on Wednesday. The publication posted tweets that parodied a far-right politician whose social media accounts were blocked earlier this week because of anti-Muslim posts.

Among others, Titanic parodied a tweet by Beatrix von Storch, deputy parliamentary leader of far-right party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), in which she accused police of appeasing what she called “barbaric, gang-raping Muslim hordes of men.”

Von Storch’s account was suspended by Twitter on Monday, as were those of other AfD politicians who posted similar tweets in support of her.

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