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Gag Law in Spain

On July 1 2015, a new Law on Public Security, nicknamed the Gag Law, entered into force along with related reforms to the Penal Code of Spain. And extension and expansion of previous laws. Tweet ... if you dare (pdf). At least 119 people have been convicted of speech-related “terrorism” offences since 2011; during the last two years alone, almost 70 people have been found guilty.

  • Spanish rapper Voltonyc to spend three years in prison for insulting the king, El Pais - Spain’s top court upholds ruling against the Mallorcan artist for slander and “glorifying terrorism.” Many Spaniards and other observers would likely take offense at Valtonyc’s lyrics, or at least find them difficult to defend as either art or political commentary. But his case forms part of a larger pattern in which critical or satirical speech has been punished under expansive criminal and antiterrorism laws in Spain, threatening freedom of expression in a major European democracy.
  • Second Spanish rapper sentenced to prison for praising terrorism, El Pais - Spanish rapper Pablo Rivadulla, known by the artistic name of Pablo Hásel, was sentenced to two years and a day in jail for repeatedly “praising terrorism”, and for slandering Spanish state and royal institutions.
  • Spanish student has conviction for Twitter joke overturned, Guardian, 2017 - Cassandra Vera, a 22-year-old student, was punished in 2017 for joking on Twitter about the 1973 assassination of Luis Carrero Blanco, a prime minister during the right-wing dictatorship of Francisco Franco. March 2018, the Supreme Court overturned the sentence, noting that the attack occurred 44 years earlier and that similar jokes had been circulating for decades.

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