11 Convicted of cyberbullying teen accusing Islam

Paris — A French court on Wednesday severely criticized Islam in an online post, changed schools, and charged 11 out of 13 teenagers with police protection for harassment and intimidation to keep her safe. Convicted a person.

The ruling was the first trial since France created a new court in January to prosecute online crimes such as harassment and discrimination.

The court sentenced the defendants to four to six months in prison and fined them approximately $ 1,770 each.

“Social networks are on the street. When you overtake someone on the street, you don’t insult, threaten, or make fun of them,” said Judge Michelle Humbert. “What you don’t do on the street, what you don’t do on social media.”

A teenager at the heart of a groundbreaking cyberbullying case testified last month that only her name, Mira, was publicly identified and she felt “sentenced to death.” ..

Mira, who describes herself as an atheist, was 16 when she started posting videos on Instagram. After that, TikTok severely criticized Islam and the Quran. At the age of 18, she testified, “I don’t like any religion, not just Islam.”

Her lawyer, Richard Marca, said Mira received about 100,000 threatening messages, including a threat of murder, a threat of rape, a message of misogynist, and a message of hatred about her sexual orientation. ..

Mira left one high school and then another. She is currently being monitored daily by police for her safety.

The 13 defendants from all over France came from a variety of backgrounds and religions and were just a handful of all who chased Mira in online comments. Others could not be tracked.

One of the thirteen was acquitted because his post “Blow it up” was directed to Mira’s Twitter account rather than a young woman. The court withdrew the proceedings against another defendant because of a procedural error.

By Nicolas Vaux-Montagny

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