Berlin The Young Union wants to enforce on the CDU federal party conference in late November in Leipzig better protection for local politicians against insults on the Internet. To this end, the Union offspring calls for a tightening of criminal law, as emerges from an application for the congress, which is the Handelsblatt.
Specifically, the Paragraph 188 of the Criminal Code (Slander and slander against persons of political life) to be changed. The paragraph refers only in general to politicians and should be extended in the future "explicitly" to local elected officials – because right on the spot volunteers acting politicians "would have to oppose more hatred and agitation".
The Union parliamentary group is therefore called upon to adapt a legislative initiative to the corresponding paragraph. In addition, operators of social platforms should be required to provide information. In the case of a "justified suspicion of insult" they should therefore provide the public prosecutor's offices with the clear data of the users within 72 hours. "The operator platforms must be encouraged to cooperate better with the state authorities."
The Junge Union justifies its application with recent incidents that have shown "that hatred and hate for individuals, especially against politicians, have become the everyday object in the online debate". It should also be heated in debates in the net. "A red line is exceeded for us, however, when politicians have to accept to be described as a" Drecksfotze ". This exceeds the limits of freedom of expression, "said in the application with a view to the Green Bundestag member Renate Künast.
The politician had recently failed with the attempt against insults Facebook act legally. Unknown people had insulted Künast drastically and also wrote sexist posts.
Better protection against hostility
Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) had recently promised local politicians better protection against hatred and hostility. "If those are intimidated and attacked, who stand up for democracy and the rule of law, our democracy is in danger," said Lambrecht. "We do not take that." She also pleaded for the corresponding paragraph to extend to municipal officials and elected officials such as district administrators or mayors.
Lambrecht also wants to oblige social networks like Facebook to report death threats or incitement to the police. "Haggis must be aware that they face punishment for slandering and threatening people," she said. "Facebook & Co. must live up to their responsibilities for what happens on their platforms."
After the murder of Kassel's regional president Walter Lübcke, mayor of Cologne Henriette Reker, the mayor of Altena in Sauerland, Andreas Hollstein, and other German politicians had received death threats.
Lübcke had been gunned down on the night of 2 June on the terrace of his home in Wolfhagen-Istha, Hessen. Under urgent suspicion sits a 45-year-old in custody. The Federal Prosecutor's Office classifies the crime as a political assassination with right-wing extremist background.
More: Threatened, insulted, attacked: Local politicians are increasingly exposed to hostility, warns the city and community union – and calls for consequences.
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