May 13, 2014 Last Updated 12:37 pm

Spain’s Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, says offensive tweets should ‘not go unpunished’

Minister announces investigation of messages on social networks following shooting death of Leon politician

The Spanish Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, said on Tuesday that an investigation has been opened into whether messages posted on social networks that he deemed offensive should be prosecuted. The move comes after the shooting death of Isabel Carrasco, 59, a politician from Spain’s governing People’s party. Carrasco, who was the president of the council of the city of Leon, was shot as she walked from her home to the local party headquarters.


Isabel Carrasco

A woman and her daughter were arrested following the shooting, and police have said they do not believe the murder was politically motivated.

The Interior Minister described the messages found on Twitter and Facebook following the shooting “bochornosas” (shameful), and said the tweets “no pueden quedar impunes” – can not go unpunished.

José Martínez Olmos, a spokesman for the ruling party, has asked for stronger regulation “before the flood of worthless comments that many heartless people poured into social networks.”

Spanish media reported that following the death of Carrasc social networking sites were filled with condolences to the family and co-president of the council. But other messages were written as well that were described as “unfortunate”.

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