Germany Imposes $1520 Fine on Woman for Sharing Anti-Migrant Joke on Facebook
A 62-year-old German woman has been fined 1,350 euros by the government after she shared and liked an anti-migrant joke picture on her Facebook page.
The 62-year-old Berlin resident Jutta B. from Lichtenberg was arrested and had her home raided by police after she shared a picture on Facebook entitled, “Do you have anything against refugees?” For sharing the picture, which included disparaging comments about migrants, the woman was sentenced to a 1,350 euro fine, German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost reports.
Since her arrest and subsequent fine, Facebook has banned Jutta’s account. In court, she claimed she had liked and shared the picture in question without fully reading the content. “I like to pass on funny things”, she told the court.
The prosecution referred to her actions as “an utterance capable of inciting hatred and denigration of the human dignity of others”.
The picture, which asked “Do you have anything against refugees?” had a number of answers including “Yes, machine guns and hand grenades”, was viewed and shared by a further 500 people, including one who reported the 62-year-old to the police.