KRALENDIJK – Ministerio Públiko BES den un komunikado di prensa ta indiká ku e medidanan ku gobièrnu a tuma pa por limitá e krísis di covid-19 ta drástiko. Tambe na Boneiru i den un menor grado na Saba i St Eustatius, esaki ta kondusí na hopi reakshon den media, prinsipalmente riba medionan sosial manera Facebook. Lo persiguí esnan ku instigá i menasá riba Facebook.

Libertat di ekspreshon ta un di e prinsipionan di mas importante den un estado di derecho demokrátiko. Opinion nan ku por ofendé òf preokupá otronan, ta permití. Esaki no ta nifiká ku libertat di ekspreshon ta sin restrikshon. Sinembargo por restringí libertat di ekspreshon bou di sierto kondishon. Esaki ta reglá den EVRM (Konvenio Europeo di Derechinan Humano). Ta trata aki por ehèmpel di echonan kastigabel manera instigamentu, menasa i e asina yamá artíkulonan di ofensa. E echonan kastigabel aki bo por haña nan den Kódigo Penal BES.

Instigamentu ta nifiká stimulá hende pa hasi algu ku ta prohibí. Dor di instigá, un persona por motivá siudadanonan pa kometé un echo kastigabel. Menasá un persona ta kous’é sufrimentu òf violensia. Un insulto ta un ekspreshon ofensivo ku por daña bon nomber di un persona. Si tipo di mensahe nan asina wòrdu publiká, Ministerio Públiko lo duna polis òrdu pa hasi investigashon i lo hasi persekushon penal.

Na Kòrsou den 2019 a hasi denunsia pa difamashon, menasa i instigamentu. Durante transmishonnan di radio i tambe riba Facebook, e sospechoso a hasi un yamada na personanan pa komete violensia. Despues di su deklarashonnan tabatin diferente menasa. Despues di un investigashon a detené e sospechoso. Resientemente tabatin otro persona ku a menasá minister-presidente di Kòrsou via Facebook. E persona aki tambe a keda detené i a traha un prosèsverbal.


FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CAN NOT LEAD TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES

KRALENDIJK – The measures taken by the government to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus are drastic. Also on Bonaire and to a lesser extent on St. Eustatius and Saba, this leads to many reactions in the media, especially on social media such as Facebook.

Freedom of expression is one of the main principles of constitutional democracy. Views that may offend or distress others are permitted. However, this does not mean that freedom of expression is unlimited. However, freedom of expression can be restricted under certain conditions. This is regulated in the EVRM (European Convention on Human Rights). This includes, for example, criminal offenses such as sedition, threat and the so-called insult articles. These criminal offenses are set out in the BES Criminal Code.

Sedition is inciting something that is forbidden. By sedition, a person can incite other citizens to commit criminal offenses. Threatening someone causes him suffering or violence. An insult is an offensive expression that can affect someone’s honor and reputation. If these type of messages are posted, the Public Prosecutor’s office will instruct the police to investigate and prosecution will follow.

In 2019 a complaint was submitted in Curaçao for defamation, threats and sedition. The suspect had called on people to commit violence during radio broadcasts and on Facebook. Also, because of his statements, several threats were made. The suspect was arrested after an investigation. Recently, someone in Curaçao threatened the Prime Minister by means of a post on Facebook. That person was also arrested and an official report was made.

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