MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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17.2.2017
PE598.504v01-00
 
B8-0172/2017

pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure


on establishing a common legal definition of hate speech in the EU


Aldo Patriciello

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on establishing a common legal definition of hate speech in the EU  
B8-0172/2017

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the 2016 code of conduct on illegal online hate speech,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the term ‘hate speech’ covers ‘all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance (...)’ (Council of Europe, 1997);

B.  whereas as part of the strategy to address this problem in the EU, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have signed a code of conduct under which they have agreed to review the majority of valid notifications for removal of illegal hate speech in less than 24 hours (31 May 2016);

C.  whereas the work carried out by these online platforms must be backed up by a combined effort by Member States to agree on a legal definition of hate speech, a concept which currently differs from State to State, with, for example, a relatively broad definition in Germany and a narrower one in the Czech Republic (Study on hate speech online in Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and Italy, 2016);

1.  Calls on the Commission to look into the feasibility of establishing a common legal definition of hate speech in the EU.

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