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Labour party chairman calls for action on internet hate mails

Friday 11 January 2013

Labour party chairman Hans Spekman has made a plea for an offensive to improve the way people react to each other on the internet, after receiving a stream of hate mails.

Spekman on Thursday published some of the hate mails he has been sent on his blog and says he would favour prime minister Mark Rutte taking the lead in a campaign for better manners.

The party chief says he gets up to 1,000 insulting mails and social media messages in a month.


Spekman said he is fed up of being threatened, wished a slow death and horrible diseases. He has twice made formal police complaints about death threats, RTL news reported.

'Internet is fast becoming a sewer in terms of public behaviour,' Spekman said. 'We need to set boundaries,' he told Radio 1.

Not only politicians, but housing corporation bosses and social service staff are also subjected to hate mails. 'It does not stop if you ignore it,' he said. 'We must do something about the idiots with no limits.'

Do you agree with Spekman? Have your say using the comment form below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Spekman should ask himself: WHY? Has he said or done anything to deserve the filthy emails? Same goes for corporation bosses, social service staff and perhaps CEO's of banks, multinationals (Monsanto)and EU folks. People are fed up with lies, greed and the total loss of democracy.

By Liz | 11 January 2013 6:03 PM

it couldnt possibly be that Government, housing corporations and social services treat people poorly. it must just be that these are horrible people...

By Robert | 11 January 2013 6:04 PM

Sadly the media, including this website, is guilty by association for allowing comments that don't carry people's full names. Gone are the days that a letter to the editor had to have 'name and address supplied' and could be screened. It is open season and brings out the worst in people. Good on Hans Spekman for speaking out.

By Monique Olivier | 11 January 2013 8:47 PM

Odd. I have been using e-mail and other messaging services on the Internet for more than 20 years and I have yet to receive a single message of the nature described.

On the other hand, I do not tell people how to live their lives and threaten to confiscate their hard-earned money. Could there be a connection?

By Fred Bloggs | 11 January 2013 9:46 PM

People that sit behind their computer anonymous are like keyboard warriors. Another term is trolling. Doesn't matter what you type these people abuse you. In real life if you see them eye to eye they will not do this. I agree there should be etiquette in emails and blogs forums etc. No one feels good when they receive hate mail and you try to reply in a diplomatic way but sometimes it is like waisting your time.

By Ronald Martens | 12 January 2013 1:43 AM

I agree with Liz. Limiting freedom of speech and expression sounds so backward.

By ufo | 12 January 2013 9:21 AM

Hey Liz, I agree with you but we cannot let our anger loose in this manner, this is just plain wrong. Just as wrong as the injustices and greed you mention in your comment. Treat others as you would like to be treated - period.

By B | 12 January 2013 9:40 AM

If you treat people like filth then they will say filthy things.

By vah | 12 January 2013 10:31 AM

People's public opinions should be honestly given. If they (Spekman) don't like it or do nothing to improve their popularity by doing the right thing for their constituents then get off the blogosphere!

By Al | 12 January 2013 11:42 AM

I get the feeling some of you have not bothered to read the article.
It's not about freedom of speech but abusive messaging. BIG DIFFERENCE!
We all have the right to reply to politicians on social media & comment on their actions,it does not, however, give us the right to be abusive or aggressive. That is (IMO) an abuse of the freedom we claim to be defending.

By Donaugh | 12 January 2013 2:50 PM

Do the apologists know that the reason Spekman brought this in the publicity is because he got three mails in which he was called a "nikkerhond"?
There is no excuse whatsoever for using these kind of words.

By pepe | 13 January 2013 1:48 PM

Since he is the blog owner, he can always delete it. This is the same like you cannot prevent dogs pooing in front of your house, the only way is to clean it up.

By auto | 13 January 2013 3:23 PM

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