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As online harassment trial opens in France, RSF proposes tougher legislation

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NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) has registered as an interested civil party in the trial of one of the persons who harassed French freelance journalist Julie Hainaut online. This case and the weakness of the French judicial system’s response to cyber-harassment have highlighted the need to reinforce France’s law on online hate, for which RSF has specific proposals.Based in Lyon, Hainaut has had to spend two years and bring a total of five complaints for insult, defamation, harassment and inciting violence – most of them shelved after very little investigatio

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