Instances like this make me realize just how much we take our first amendment for granted! In America, we have freedom of speech, and cannot be arrested or charged (or fined) for simply telling a joke on Facebook. It would violate our right to free speech.
Unfortunately, it’s not the same in Germany. A 62-year-old woman known as Jutta B was not only fined 1,350 euros after being arrested, but also watched police raid her home to search for the “crime” of the post she shared.
Her crime? Posting a joking photo with the caption, “Do you have anything against refugees.”
The image, which was deemed offensive by the court, included answers such as “Yes, machine guns and hand grenades” and was shared by more than 500 people. One person who also shared the picture reported the elderly woman to the police.
German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost reported that the woman was fined 1,350 euros because the image included negative comments about the so-called refugees.
Following her arrest and the fine, the social media network suspended the woman’s account. In court, Jutta said she shared and liked the image without properly reading it. “I like to pass on funny things,” she said.
The prosecution didn’t accept the woman’s defense and described her online behavior as “an utterance capable of inciting hatred and denigration of the human dignity of others.”
The elderly woman is now receiving multitudes of abusive messages, and an antifa group has send her death threats.
Here’s the ironic part, they haven’t been fined, arrested, and raided for sending actual death threats. It is getting more and more dangerous to have an opinion in this world.
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