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Kyenge says new hate speech laws under consideration

'Govt committed to fighting racism' says first black minister

Kyenge says new hate speech laws under consideration

Rome, July 18 - Integration Minster Cecile Kyenge, the subject of repeated racial slurs since her appointment in April, said the government was considering new laws against hate speech. The government is committed "to the fight against racism and xenophobia," she added. The measures would specifically target hate speech on the Web and social networks, she said. "Racism needs to be fought culturally," said Kyenge. "The change I'm calling for must be aided by communication". Under current law, Northern League Deputy Senate Speaker Roberto Calderoli is being investigated by prosecutors for aggravated defamation and incitement of racial hatred for comparing Kyenge over the weekend to an orangutan.

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