Nine members of the Danish Parliament representing the Danish People’s Party presented on 29 November 2017 a proposal to the Danish Parliaments calling for a motion for the Parliament to adopt a bill that obligates the Government to announce to the Council of the European Union that the Danish Government will initiate efforts with the aim of repealing the EU’s Code of Conduct countering illegal hate speech online, which has been entered between the European Commission, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft. Furthermore, it is suggested in the motion for the bill that the Parliament should obligate the Danish Government to actively oppose potential initiatives of the European Commission to make the Code of Conduct legally binding or attempts to adopt legally binding rules limiting the freedom of expression of citizens of the EU. The authors state in the annex to the motion for the bill that the Danish Government should stress before the Council of the European Union and the European Commission that limitations of the freedom of expression must be strictly necessary in accordance with Article 11 of the Charter.
Quote “Regeringen må minde Rådet for Den Europæiske Union (Rådet) og Kommissionen om, at artikel 11 i EU’s charter om grundlæggende rettigheder beskytter ytringsfriheden, og at det er et krav, at begrænsninger af ytringsfriheden er strengt nødvendige, står mål med det formål, der vil opnås, og har en klar og gennemskuelig lovhjemmel. Disse betingelser lever adfærdskodekset ikke op til”.
Translation of Quote: ‘The Government must remind the Council of the European Union (the Council) and the Commission that Article 11 of EU’s charter on fundamental rights protects the freedom of expression and that it is a requirement that limitations of the freedom of expression are strictly necessary, measure up to the pursued aim and have a clear and transparent basis in national law. The Code of Conduct does not comply with these requirements’.
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