Six people have been convicted of harassing a French teenager online after she criticized Islam in social media videos.
The Paris court found the suspects guilty of sending hate messages and death threats to a 16-year-old girl, identified as Mila.
They were sentenced to terms ranging from three months suspended prison sentence to four months in prison under an electronic bracelet.
The judges heard how Mila was the target of a “tidal wave of hate” after posting a video in January 2020.
The teenager had responded to online insults about her sexual orientation with a passionate video in which she made offensive remarks about Islam. She was also threatened after posting a second video in November 2020.
According to her lawyer, Mila has received more than 100,000 hate messages and death threats since her first video and now lives under police protection.
One suspect was found guilty of sending death threats while the other five defendants were found guilty of aggravated harassment. They will also have to pay Mila €3,000 each in compensation for non-pecuniary damage.
The case sparked a debate in France over freedom of expression and religious rights.
In July 2021, a French court also convicted 11 other people of online harassment related to Mila’s videos.