Administrative Blocking of Websites "Inciting Terrorism"

Update: 26 Sep 2017 State replied
Year 07 Apr 2015 Country France Category E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ Alert level Level 2
07 Apr 2015 France E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom State EFJ/IFJ Level 2

On 13 February 2015, the Interior Ministry of French ordered the administrative blocking of five websites "inciting or defending terrorism" under the Terrorism Act passed in November 2014. Several within the French media believe that at least one of the sites in question was not directly inciting or defending terrorism. On 30 March 2015, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, condemned the unilateral decision by the Interior Ministry of French to censor these sites without prior judicial oversight. She called on the French government to reconsider the parts of the anti-terrorist law enabling website blocking which currently does not have to undergo judicial oversight.

State replies

12 May 2015 : Reply by the French authorities


26 Sep 2017 : The CoE Commissioner for Human Rights recalls that any restrictions on access to Internet content should be based on a clear and predictable framework affording guarantee of judicial oversight to prevent possible abuses.
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