Wien, 4. March 2010 Press release

Spindelegger: "Abolition of the Prohibition Act is not an issue in Austria "

Freedom of opinion also entails duties and responsibilities

Vienna, 4 March 2010 – "The Prohibition Act remains an indispensable part of our legal system and of our historical and moral self-image", said Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger today in connection with the current public debate on this issue, which has also given rise to several international inquiries.

In a reaction to the accusation that the prohibition act and the provision penalizing the public  denial or the downplaying of the National Socialist genocide (e.g. by reference to the so-called "Auschwitz Lie") is a restriction of the freedom of opinion, the Foreign Minister countered that the denial of historical facts cannot be “an expression of opinion”.In general, exercising one’s freedom of expression – as the European Convention on Human Rights clearly stipulates – also entails duties and responsibilities, and may therefore be subjected to statutory limitations.1021/55

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