Important judgment in the fight against hate speech

A court in Chisinau has found a website responsible for hate speech and incitement to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The case is an important step forward in the work for equal rights in Moldova. It demonstrates that hate speech and incitement to discrimination and violence is prohibited according to Moldova’s Law on Freedom of Expression as it falls outside the scope of freedom of expression.

“This judgment is a great victory in the fight against discrimination in Moldova. Now it is important that Moldova adopt an anti-discrimination law ensuring equal rights to all Moldovan citizens”, said Marie Månson, Programme Director at Civil Rights Defenders.

The website was found responsible for hate speech because it did not moderate visitors’ comments in the open-access chat room. It was during a live transmission of a press conference held by the LGBT organisation GenderDoc-M, that civil rights activist Oleg Brega was verbally assaulted for defending gay people.

On 23 November, a Chisinau court issued a victorious judgment in the case “Oleg Berga vs.”. The case was run by Civil Rights Defenders partner GenderDoc-M.

Categories: Achievements.
Tags: Discrimination, Freedom of expression, GenderDoc-M, Hate speech, and LGBT.
Regions: Moldova.