Netherlands / District Court The Hague / 09/753472-08 Responsibility of a website administrator for the content of the website

Key facts of the case:

A website administrator was accused of insulting utterances on his website regarding Jews, Moroccans, Turks, Gypsies, non-western allochthones people, Muslims and homosexuals. He was convicted of publicly and intentionally uttering insults towards a group based on race or religion and of publicly inciting hatred towards a group based on religion. He was further convicted of making public utterances that (as he would or should know) are insulting for a group based on their race or religion. And he was convicted of having a stock of CDs for distribution that were insulting.

Results (sanctions) and key consequences or implications of the case:

The administrator was sentenced to a community sentence of 36 hours. The implication of this case is that it demarcates the responsibility of a website administrator for the content of the website, even if it was placed on the website by others.