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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

French Comedian Dieudonne Ordered By Court To Remove Anti-Semitic Sections Of YouTube Video

France – French comic Dieudonne was ordered by a French court on Wednesday to remove two sections of a YouTube video he posted that is considered anti-Semitic.

According to AFP the two sections of the video were ruled by a judge as breaching the French law on denying the Holocaust and inciting racial hatred.

Dieudonne M’bala M’bala was given five days to take out the two sections of the video or pay 500 euros each day they are left online.

Stephane Lilti, the lawyer representing France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) brought forth the order and stated they are now asking public prosecutors to make sure the ruling is enforced.

The UEJF said it will request talks with YouTube to discuss legal obligations in the future.

YouTube has already removed one Dieudonne video but has not commented on whether or not it will remove “2014 Year of the Quenelle,” the video in Wednesday’s court ruling.

In the passage deemed as Holocaust denial, Dieudonne states he doesn’t know anything about the gas chambers, and says he can organize a meeting for interested parties with “Robert,” which the court agreed was a reference to Robert Faurisson, who claimed the Holocaust never happened.

In the second section inciting racial hatred, Dieudonne says he is not anti-Semitic then states, “I don’t know what happened, who provoked whom, who stole from whom,” he adds before the punch line, “I’ve got my little idea, but… you know.”

Dieudonne’s lawyers argued the comments were humorous but the judge who said intentions of humor tested free-speech limits.

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