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After the death of Doctor Kellermayr: Austria declares war on hate online

Austria's Justice Minister Alma Zadic (38, Greens) wants the victim of online hate to be taken seriously more quickly.

After the death of the doctor Lisa-Maria Kellermayr, who was threatened on the Internet, Austria’s politicians announced the consequences.

Vienna – Austria’s judiciary and security authorities are to respond to the Death of a threatened doctor be better equipped to fight hate online.

Austria’s Justice Minister Alma Zadic (38, Greens) wants the victim of online hate to be taken seriously more quickly. © Hans Punz/APA/dpa

Justice Minister Alma Zadic (38, Greens) announced on Saturday that she would work with Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (54, ÖVP) to give every police station and public prosecutor the necessary resources and tools to take all victims seriously and offenders promptly to be held accountable.

“This research often takes too long, which is of course extremely stressful for those affected,” she said.

The doctor Lisa-Maria Kellermayr († 36), who was involved in the fight against the corona pandemic, was exposed to massive death threats from the scene of the opponents of the measures for months and had therefore turned to the police.

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Since the suicide of the 36-year-old doctor about a week ago, Austria’s authorities have been accused of not taking enough care of the case.

Investigations are now also underway in Germany. On Friday in Upper Bavaria the A 59-year-old man’s home was searchedwho is accused of threatening and stalking Kellermayr.

If you are affected by thoughts of suicide yourself, you will find contact persons around the clock at the telephone counseling service, anonymously of course. Telephone counseling: 08001110111 or 08001110222 or 08001110116123. Advice via the Internet is also possible at www.telefonseelsorge.de.

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