Bart Schermer on the prosecution of racist expressions on social media

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19 November, 2014

Last Monday, Bart Schermer (partner at Considerati) spoke on the possibilities to prosecute persons that publish racist statements on social media.

This question arose after a player of the Dutch national football team, Leroy Fer, published a selfie with several of his teammates on Instagram. The Dutch website ‘Voetbalzone’ published the photo on Facebook and within moments racist statements were made in the comments about the dark-skinned players. Consequently, Voetbalzone deleted the photo from Facebook.

The Dutch football association has stated that the public prosecutor should prosecute the persons behind the racist statements. In the interview Bart explains if those expressions on social media are allowed and the possibility to prosecute the persons behind the statements.

Click here to read the full article (in Dutch).

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