Update: Freedom of Speech in Germany
Posted by rantingkraut on September 30, 2006
I have previously commented on two cases in Germany involving anti-fascist activists being taken to court for displaying crossed out swastika symbols (see here, and here). Jürgen Kamm, who runs a mail order company, for far-left merchandise (nixgut) has now been fined €3500 (approx. £ 2300) since some of his products included crossed out and smashed up swastika symbols (Source).
For anyone who sees his products it should be clear that they are not supporting neo Nazis. Anyone who had a look at the nixgut website should know that –however tasteless their merchandise– these guys aren’t fascists. In addition to the implications for free speech, this case should serve as a reminder for just how important a jury system is as a legal safeguard: under the German system, Kramm was found guilty by a judge and two lay assistants. One should doubt, that any jury meeting in confidence would have reached a guilty verdict.
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