There is much to be applauded about Berlin’s determination to enforce existing laws on hate speech and defamation online. But the proposed new law – which delegates the sensitive legal task of assessing social media posts for illegal content to the platforms that host them – is thoroughly misguided.
With the international criminal law system failing to respond to war crimes committed in Syria, third states are the only ones who can help narrow the accountability gap and restore faith in justice. Germany, equipped with both the evidence and the legal tools to carry out investigations, is particularly well-positioned to take action.
To shape global politics in a way that accord with their interests, Western European countries and the US must take non-Western perspectives seriously, and understand them better. We need a fresh look at the worlds and worldviews of "the others" and their manifold linkages with the West.
by Thorsten Benner, Wolfgang Reinicke
The Washington Post