Austria to try newspaper editor for ‘hate speech’ after article critical of migrants

Austria to try newspaper editor for ‘hate speech’ after article critical of migrants
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[Ed. – Note that an Austrian politician is also facing prosecution for comments left by others at his Facebook page.  This whole business is a freedom-of-speech train-wreck lurking maybe 45 seconds ahead of us.  There is no way to simply live life with Western “hate speech” laws.]

On 25 October 2015, Christoph Biro wrote of the masses of migrants who were travelling through the Styrian countryside and remarked on the assaults and property damage committed by migrants, reports Kurier.

Calling the majority of the migrants “testosterone-driven Syrians”, Mr. Biro recounted the multiple reports of migrants carrying out, in his words, “extremely aggressive sexual assaults”.

He also detailed Afghan men had slashed the seats of the trains that were transporting them to Germany because they refused to sit where Christians had previously sat. …

The prosecutor in the Styrian capital of Graz has confirmed they will be seeking charges against Biro for his comments after the case was brought to them by left-wing SOS Mitmensch. The group released a guide for Austrians earlier this year on how to successfully get people tried for hate speech crimes. …

Even politicians are not immune from hate speech investigations. A Vienna prosecutor is currently looking into charges against FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache over posts made on his Facebook page by other users that may be deemed inflammatory by Austrian law.

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