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Top French court trashes ban on browsing pro-terrorism websites

IANS  |  Paris 

The Constitutional Council, France's highest court, on Friday ruled as unconstitutional a which bans regular browse of pro-websites.

The penalising visitors of websites promoting was not constitutional, the council said, adding these surfing habits were not necessarily an evidence of "committing terrorist acts", Xinhua reported.

"The Constitutional Council has found that the contested is an unnecessary, non-adapted, disproportionate infringement of communication freedom," it said in a statement.

The French top judicial added the law cannot be applied on individuals who consulted extremist websites with "good faith" to inform public, make scientific research and seek for judicial purposes.

After Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015, France passed the law banning people from frequently visiting pro-websites.

Introduced last June, the law sets a two-year prison sentence and a fine worth 30,000 euros ($31,800) if found guilty.



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First Published: Fri, February 10 2017. 21:30 IST