26 Sep 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 07 Apr 2015 France

Administrative Blocking of Websites "Inciting Terrorism"

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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
Follow-ups
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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