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Council discussion on Audio-Visual Media Services (AVMS)
7.3.17
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The Council is disucssing its position on: AVMS: Definitions, hate speech and terrorism, accessibility and protection of minors - Presidency compromise proposals (LIMITE doc no: 6597-17, pdf)

Audio-Visual Media Services (AVMS) is discussing an ever-widening list of types of content that should be censored by internet companies. It includes:

VII. Provisions related to HATE SPEECH AND TERRORISM:
Article 6

"Member States shall ensure by appropriate means that audiovisual media services provided by media service providers under their jurisdiction do not contain any:

aa) incitement to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to sex, racial or ethnic origin, nationality, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation

ab) [public provocation - deleted] incitement to commit a terrorist offence as defined in Article 5 3(1) of Directive 2017/XXX/EU on combating terrorism."

A Footnote says:

"A new recital 8a to be added: The terrorist threat has grown and evolved in recent years. Offences related to terrorist activities are of a very serious nature as they can lead to a terrorist act being committed. These offences comprise, inter alia, the glorification and justification of terrorism or the dissemination of messages or images both online and offline. Therefore, and in order to protect the population from such threats, there is a need to address this in this Directive. In order to ensure coherence and give legal certainty to businesses and Member States' authorities, the definition of 'public provocation to commit a terrorist offence' should be aligned, to the appropriate extent, with Article 5 of the Directive on Combating Terrorism."

See also: Revised text: Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities - Revised Presidency compromise text (LIMITE doc no: 6798-17, pdf)

And see: Revised Presidency compromise text on audiovisual commercial communications (LIMITE doc no: 7560-17, pdf)

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