New Danish law can lead to substantial internet censorship

On 12 January 2017, the Danish Ministry of Justice presented a draft law on website blocking for public consultation. Despite the official focus on online extremism and radicalisation, the draft law takes a very broad view on website blocking. The proposed new section in the Administration of Justice Act provides that a website can be blocked if there is reason to assume that a violation of the Danish penal code takes place on the website. Any violation of the penal code, including a new very broad anti-harassment provision for public employees in Section 119a which goes considerably beyond insult and defamation, can be grounds for blocking.

Country: Denmark

Domains: IG

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: draft law, public consultation, Denmark, online extremism, website blocking

Posted on Wednesday 25 January 2017

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