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BBC News: Austria deputy Kurzmann cleared over anti-Muslim game

17 October 2011 General 3 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

A right-wing Austrian politician has been cleared of incitement after he created an anti-Muslim computer game as part of an election campaign.

Freedom Party deputy Gerhard Kurzmann used the game in his failed bid to become governor of the south-eastern province of Styria last year.

Players of “Bye-bye, Mosque” had to shoot at Muslims and mosques as they emerged from a rural scene.

The game sparked sharp criticism from other parties and religious groups.

Judicial authorities forced the Freedom Party to take down the game and Mr Kurzmann was later charged with inciting religious hatred and defaming a religion.

But on Friday a court in Graz cleared Mr Kurzmann.

“It did not reach the threshold of incitement and I would also say this was not the intention,” Judge Christoph Lichtenberg said, in remarks carried by the national APA news agency.

The prosecution said it would lodge an appeal.

The Freedom Party said the ruling showed that “the question of whether mosque-building should be banned is being discussed all over Europe and that it is a completely legitimate debate”, Reuters news agency reported.

Less than 2% of Styria’s population is Muslim and the province has no mosques with visible minarets, APA said.

The Freedom Party is Austria’s biggest opposition party. It argues for Islamic face veils and mosques with minarets to be banned.

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3 Comments »

  1. A victory for freedom of speech! I may not agree with it but I will fight for your right to say it.

  2. To stupid Anonymous

    I will teach my children to kill you and I’ll call it freedom to speech/teach. It will also be a victory

  3. If this was same with jews and synagogues, would u still be as happy ? This has nothing to do with freedom of speech and u know.

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