September 27, 2008
Czech Nazi Website Continues Despite Punishment
Text of report in English by Czech national public-service news agency CTK
Prague, 27 September: The Czech Nazi Internet magazine Posledni generace (Last Generation), for which two of its contributors were given prison sentences on Thursday [25 September], still works and does not seem likely to disappear from the Internet, the daily Lidove noviny (LN) writes today.The web page is registered in the USA where a different law is valid.
As a result, the police and courts cannot intervene against the web magazine that promoted hatred for Jews and denies the Holocaust, LN writes.
"The pages are registered in the USA. So is the server. There is a different approach to the freedom of speech and other laws in the USA," Pavel Hantak from the Centre for the Uncovering of Organized Crime told the paper.
"During investigation, we asked the US authorities to provide access to the page so that we could find out who from the Czech Republic takes part in it. We have never received any answer," Hantak said.
"The situation is legally complex. We have no instrument with which to withdraw the webpage from the Internet," Hantak said.
Erik Sedlacek and Libor Budik were sentenced to three years and two years behind bars.
The court found both men guilty of support for and promotion of movements aiming to suppress human rights and freedoms.
According to the court, the articles in the magazine contained hateful statements about Jews, called for their liquidation and openly questioned the Holocaust, and their authors followed the ideas of National Socialism.
Sedlacek and Budik are considered senior activists of the neo- Nazi scene in the Vysocina region.
Originally published by CTK news agency, Prague, in English 1009 27 Sep 08.
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