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>> Controversial Spanish rapper, Valtònyc, will not be extradited from Belgium. Back home, he faces a three-and-a-half-year jail term for songs that allegedly glorified terrorism and insulted the royal family. The musician was prosecuted under Spain's so-called gag law introduced in 2015, he fled to Belgium to escape the sentence.
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Now a judge there has thrown out an extradition request.>>
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> Valtònyc says his prosecution harks back to the country's time as a dictatorship. Reuters' Isabel Woodford in Madrid is following the case.>> So I think what this law in today's case is doing is starting a wide discussion about how we regulate online discussions, online forums.
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And where we draw the line on freedom of speech online and whether indeed we do at all. I don't think this is a discussion just for Spain, it's taking place worldwide. And Spain really needs to make sure they keep up with the consensus internationally, where freedom of speech online is, the new rules are being drawn.
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>> The gag law sets strict rules for when and how people can protest. Revising it had been a priority for the country's socialist government, but after three months in office, they've made little progress.>> We've got a new government here since June who are trying to be very progressive, very modern.
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And will be very careful of doing anything that looks that they are cracking down. If anything, there has been a lot of protests in the years since this law was passed. So you could even say that it's encouraging people rather than cracking down.>> In 2017, 39 people were taken to court on charges of supporting terrorism through comments on social media.
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Now Spain says it will appeal the Belgian court's decision to block extradition.