People in the NATO-member state of Czechia have been warned that they could face up to three years in prison if they express support for Russia on social media.
The country’s Attorney General Igor Stríž announced in a press release that it was “necessary to inform citizens that the current situation associated with the Russian Federation’s attack on Ukraine may have implications for their freedom of expression.”
The limitations are being imposed under the umbrella of criminal code measures that make it a crime to approve a criminal offence or deny, question, approve or justify genocide.
“[F]reedom of speech also has its limits in a democratic state governed by the rule of law,” asserted Stríž, announcing that anyone who “publicly (including at demonstrations, on the Internet or on social networks) agreed (accepted or supported the Russian Federation’s attacks on Ukraine) or expressed support or praised the leaders of the Russian Federation in this regard, they could also face criminal liability under certain conditions.”
Evidujeme desítky podnětů na komentáře v internetových diskusích, schvalující ruskou invazi a aktivity ruské armády. Internetové prostředí pečlivě monitorujeme a omlouváme se, že nereagujeme na každé označení v příspěvcích. Není to vždy žádoucí a taktické. Děkujeme za pochopení!
— Policie ČR (@PolicieCZ) February 27, 2022