Charlie Hebdo: Spain preps measures against online jihadism

Interior minister calls for 'counter-narrative'

12 January, 19:53

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, JANUARY 12 - The Spanish government will in the coming weeks bring in a plan to fight jihadist terrorism and online proselytism, Interior Minister Jorge Fermandez-Diaz said on Monday.

    In statements to the media during the presentation of a new electronic identity card, Fernandez-Diez - quoted by the EFE news agency - said that the aim was ''to formulate a counter-narrative to the jihadist one, which uses the internet to incite hatred and crimes'' and for the purposes of ''proselytism, recruitment, indoctrination, funding and logistics for jihadist terrorist organizations''. This 'counter-narrative', the minister said, was the focus of the EU interior ministers meeting on Sunday in Paris. He added that Spain would soon be finishing the preparation of a plan ''focused mainly on the internet, as well as places where indoctrination and proselytism take place, such as places of worship and jails''. Some of the measures, on which the government hopes to effect ''a State agreement'' with opposition parties, will be included in the penal code reform under debate in Parliament.

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