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Anti-Islamic websites come under greater scrutiny in Germany

9 January 2012 General 12 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

by David Crossland

BERLIN // German authorities have announced a plan to place anti-Islamic websites under surveillance because of growing concern that they are becoming more radical and fomenting right-wing violence.

The domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said last week it had set up a working group to assess whether German-language sites such as Politically Incorrect and Nürnberg 2.0, whose stated aim is to oppose the “Islamisation of Europe” are in breach of the constitution.

The attack by Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people in July and posted a “manifesto” on the internet, threw a spotlight on the role played by websites as a forum for spreading hatred of Muslims in Europe.

Right-wing populists and websites condemned Mr Breivik as a crazed loner. But many of the arguments in his 1,500-page declaration matched their own rhetoric, sparking accusations that they have been breeding violence by railing against Muslims.

In Germany, calls for greater scrutiny of the far-right intensified after the revelation in November that a neo-Nazi terrorist cell murdered at least 10 people, eight of them Muslim immigrants of Turkish origin, in a killing spree spanning more than a decade. The case has embarrassed German authorities and exposed them to criticism that they have been blind to the threat posed by racists.

The head of the Hamburg branch of the intelligence agency, Manfred Murck, said there were clear signs that the operators of many anti-Muslim sites “had a disturbed relationship with the democratic rule of law” and often espoused “infringements of human rights protected under our constitution”.

A member of parliament for the opposition Left Party, Ulla Jelpke, said closer supervision of such sites was long overdue. “Blogs and websites such as Politically Incorrect or Nürnberg 2.0 clearly promote a racism that extends deep into society,” said Ms Jelpke.

“They call into question the dignity and the rights of a whole group of people solely because of their origin or their faith. They thereby clearly run counter to core values of the constitution.” She said it was “scandalous” that authorities had been ignoring such sites, and alleged that institutional racism may be to blame for the lack of determination to crack down on them. “Prejudice against Muslims isn’t a problem of the periphery but of the heart of society. That’s why it’s so dangerous.”

She said it was “scandalous” that authorities had been ignoring such sites, and alleged that institutional racism may be to blame for the lack of determination to crack down on them. “Prejudice against Muslims isn’t a problem of the periphery but of the heart of society. That’s why it’s so dangerous.”

Separately, the state prosecutor’s office in Munich said last week it had launched an investigation into Michael Stürzenberger, a politician who has written blogs for Politically Incorrect, on suspicion of incitement to racial hatred.

Mr Stürzenberger, a former spokesman for the conservative Christian Social Union party, wrote on January 5: “The totalitarian claim to power inherent in Islam and its legitimisation of violence and killing cannot have a place in a democratic and free society.”

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12 Comments »

  1. it’s about time.

  2. “German authorities have announced a plan to place anti-Islamic websites under surveillance because of growing concern that they are becoming more radical and fomenting right-wing violence.”

    Duuuhhhh – it’s about Good God time!

    Threats are not “freedom of speech” and private companies like WordPress and YouTube can remove whatever they like from their services. “Respect for free speech” applies to the government and its agents, not private webservice providers.

    Slander and defamation are not “free speech” …
    Violence and provoking violence are not “free speech” either…

    Glad to see that there is at least one national intelligence service that has figured out that we who fight Islamophobia and promote human rights for Muslim people are not the real threat!

    Good job Germany!

  3. Finally!

  4. Thank you Germany :D

  5. Too bad our FBI isn’t doing the same and with all hate groups.

  6. This is wonderful! Also, I hate to be ‘that guy’, but it’s spelled fermenting.

  7. More groups spitting on each other…the world will get no better in this society …Glad I am me. And need no part in all the hate or hate of hate. Too many followers and not enough leaders. The leaders we do have are selling out. Peace! Follow no one. Help the less fortunate. And deny fads.

  8. About time.

  9. awww masha’Allah. And lol @ Mario’s comment hahahahah XD

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  11. yeah it is time. I hope there will soon be a law making all these hate sites illegal

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