Crime to “Regularly” Read Sites That “Promote Terror or Hatred or Violence”?

That’s what French President Nicolas Sarkozy is reported (by the AP) to have told a campaign rally. An excerpt from the AP story:

France’s president proposed a sweeping new law Thursday that would jail those who visit extremist web sites — one of several tough new measures floated in the wake of a murderous shooting spree….

“Anyone who regularly consults Internet sites which promote terror or hatred or violence will be sentenced to prison,” he told a campaign rally in Strasbourg, in eastern France. “What is possible for pedophiles should be possible for trainee terrorists and their supporters, too.” …

Ken Paulson (First Amendment Center) has a column on the subject.

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