26 Sep 2017 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 07 Apr 2015 n° 57/2015 France
Administrative Blocking of Websites "Inciting Terrorism"
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.
- Letter from the UN Working Group on arbitrary detention/UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and sustainable international order/UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression/UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders/UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism (in French)
- Article by Le Monde "Les ratés de la première vague de blocages administratifs de sites djihadistes"
- Article on the OSCE website on "Website blocking in France; other anti-terrorist legislation in some OSCE countries may curb free expression, says OSCE Representative"
- Article on EFJ website "Censure des sites djihadistes: la France appelée à revoir sa législation"
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.