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European Court rejects comedian’s anti-semitism defence

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The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected claims by a French comedian that his right to speak freely was denied when he was convicted and fined in France for insulting Jews.

The court said Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a provocative performer who has been repeatedly accused of hate speech and anti-Semitism, could not claim the protection of free speech guarantees in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 17.24.04Siding with the French court that convicted him in 2009, the European rights tribunal said it would not hear his appeal of the conviction because the show that led to it was “unmistakably negationist and anti-Semitic in nature.”
Read more at Reutershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/10/us-france-comedian-rights-idUSKCN0SZ1LN20151110#0GMF5DUlGEVSfm4K.99

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