"EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini wants a new EU offence of“public provocation to commit a terrorist offence”, which would include “the distribution, or otherwise making available, of a message to the public, with the intent to incite” acts of terrorism.As with any legislation limiting speech and communication the issue will be the definition of "terrorist". Critics have voiced their concern that such broad legislation could criminalize any speech unpopular to a government.
The offence would carry an agreed minimum jail term in all EU countries, and charges under the new law could be brought even if no act of terrorism resulted from the “public provocation”.The proposal states: “For an act to be punishable, it shall not be necessary that a terrorist offence be actually committed”.
Although the internet is the prime target, the new law would apply to all communication deemed to provoke terrorism.
Commission officials insisted the law would not curb the use of the internet to express political, academic or analytical views on terrorism."
Internet next target in "anti-terror battle"