Germany’s crackdown on free speech is out of control

Source: spiked
by Sabine Beppler-Spahl

“A German appeals court has upheld an Alternative for Germany (AfD) member’s conviction for ‘incitement to hatred,’ for social-media posts from 2021. Last week, Marie-Therese Kaiser, a 27-year-old activist and social-media influencer, was given a criminal record and a fine of €6,000. … it wasn’t just Kaiser’s words that were the problem; it was also the fact that she has a large, youthful following. It is Kaiser’s popularity among young people that clearly worries the German establishment. Indeed, just days before her appeals-court hearing, the publication of a major study into the views and attitudes of German youth sent shockwaves through parts of the commentariat. It revealed that 22 per cent of 14- to 29-year-olds said that they would vote for the AfD.” (05/14/24)