This is also simultaneously happening with “The Purge” on the internet with the likes of FB, Reddit, Twitter, Craigslist, Goolag, etc
Lawmakers from the Popular Party (PP) announced the measures to halt the “spreading of images that infringe the honour of a person” and presented a motion to the national Congress.
The party claimed the reform will only involve memes which are “insulting, involve death threats or accuse a person of committing a crime”.
Politicians want the measures to be written into Spain’s Citizens Security Law, introduced in July 2015 and including restrictions on public protests and social media activism.
The ministers noted that a law from 1982 involving the spreading of insulting images was outdated and did not take into account the appearance of the internet. Many of the memes in question have made fun of the policies of Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.
Free speech campaigners have criticised the proposal as an attack on civil liberties, and believe the measures could lead to more restrictions on freedom of expression.