Fri, Nov. 28, 2003

Prosecuting Barbarism and Discrimination

CK - Washington.   Various NS and discriminatory logos, songs, expressions and other material can trigger criminal prosecution in Germany. In an attempt to clarify the sanctioned items and expressions, a state government agency has published a list. Under the federal constitution of the United States, nearly all of the material listed here would benefit from freedom of expression principles. Unlike the United States which has not comprehensively addressed past and present discriminatory behaviour or the extermination of segments of its population in a criminal context and has limited sanctions primarily to acts defacing or deriding national symbols, Germany and other European nations have moved toward the other extreme of criminally prosecuting the glorification of barbaric or discriminatory systems, attitudes and their symbols.


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