French Politician Marine Le Pen Might Go To Jail For Sharing Extremist Post On Social Media

The Logical Indian Crew

March 5th, 2018

Courtesy: Futurism, Clarion Project | Image Credit: Facebook

The head of the French National Front party in France, Marine Le Pen, a far-right political leader is facing charges for sharing violent extremist posts on Twitter. She tweeted graphic pictures regarding the Islamic State. After losing her parliamentary immunity, Le Pen can face three-years of jail time.

Rejecting the charges, she said, “I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh [ISIS]. In other countries, this would have earned me a medal,” according to Clarion Project.

The tweet was posted in 2015. Le Pen shared images that were captioned “Daesh is THIS” (Daesh is the Arabic acronym used for ISIS). She shared an image of the beheaded body of American journalist James Foley, which was later taken down after outrage from Foley’s family. She also shared an image of a man being run over by a tank and another of a man being burned alive in a cage, as reported by Futurism.

The party leader was charged with distributing “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity” and can be seen by a minor.


Not the first instance

In 2017, Yonatan Tesfaye, a former spokesperson for Ethiopia’s opposition party, was sentenced to more than 6 years of jail time for encouraging acts of terrorism on Facebook.

In the U.K., there is a proposed tax penalty for leaving violent images or extremist content, forcing companies to take action or pay the price. Additionally, in Russian, sharing certain depictions of Putin is now considered “extremism.” New regulations have already led to arrest, reports Futurism.


The Logical Indian take

Anything said or done by political leaders in the public sphere demands responsibility. They come from a position of power with an immense capacity to influence, owing to their popularity. In such cases, it is crucial that they use public platforms responsibly.

Terrorism works on fear. The more you share images of its brutal acts, the more you help the terror group instil that fear. In India too, we need a legal system that addresses these issues. Our current laws need to be overhauled and enforced in ways that the ones in power are not spared the repercussions.

 

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Parody Account Falsely Quotes Journalist Ayyub Rana Defending Child Rapists, Social Media Spreads It As Actual Quote

South Korea: Former President Sentenced To 24-Yrs Jail Term On Charges Of Corruption

Fake Quotes: Tendulkar, Owaisi, Hillary Clinton And Others

Paresh Rawal Tweet Exposes Party’s Social Media Tactic: Shares Google Doc To Trend #JhoothiCongress

Iraq Recaptures Key City Of Mosul, Declares Victory Over The ISIS “Caliphate”

7 Countries Break Off Ties With Qatar, Accuse It Of Funding ISIS & Al Qaeda

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Bihar: Refused To Give Free Vegetables To Cop, 14-Year-Old Rots In Jail For 3 Months

Exclusive

Telangana: This IPS Officer Is Saving Lives By Fighting The Menace Of Fake News

Awareness

5,000 Fine If Caught With Plastic Bag, Maharashtra Plastic Ban From Tomorrow

Awareness

Know About Justice Chelameswar Who Retired Today After A Seven-Year Tenure In Supreme Court

News

Bank Whose Director Is Amit Shah Collected Rs 745 Crore Worth Old Notes During Demonetisation: RTI

News

AC Put On Full Blast To Hound Us Out: Passengers Of Delayed AirAsia Flight