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In Spain, Some Retweets Could Lead to Prison for 'Glorifying Terrorism'

Spain's Supreme Court has confirmed a one-and-a-half year prison sentence handed down for retweeting messages or images supporting ETA or paying hommage to its members. The Court ruled that the retweets break a law...

by Rights International Spain

Spain's Supreme Court has confirmed a one-and-a-half year prison sentence handed down for retweeting messages or images supporting ETA or paying hommage to its members. The Court ruled that the retweets break a law against glorifying terrorism. According to the judgment, it isn't necessary for the video or photo to have been taken by the defendant, nor to assume the message was his or her own; it is enough that the retweet created publicity for terrorism. The Court also rejected that the messages are of free speech, since the glorification of acts of terrorism is not protected by this right.

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