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EU to Outlaw Internet Terrorism

By Matthew Harwood

Via The Irish Times by way of Reuters:

Inciting, recruiting and training for terrorism on the internet will be made a criminal offence punishable by minimum sentences throughout the European Union under proposals to be adopted next week.

The European Commission will propose expanded EU legislation to fight what it says is growing use of the internet as a "virtual training camp" for terrorists as part of a package of measures to be approved next Tuesday.

Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini proposes creating an EU offence of "public provocation to commit a terrorist offence", that would apply to incitement even if it did not lead to an actual attack.

Frattini says the measure will contain language that protects the free flow of information for scientific, academic, and reporting reasons. The definition of "public provocation to commit a terrorist offence" will also exclude radical and polemical views expressed publicly on "sensitive political questions," including terrorism.

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