Defamation of Foreign States

Defamation of Foreign States in Europe

Defamation of Organs and Representatives of Foreign States in Germany

Provisions relating to defamation of organs and representatives of foreign states in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Three, under the heading “Offences Against Foreign States,” located in Section 103 Defamation of organs and representatives of foreign states, which reads: (1) Whosoever insults a foreign head of state, or, with respect to his position, a member of a foreign government who is in Germany in his official capacity, or a head of a foreign diplomatic mission who is accredited in the Federal territory shall be liable to imprisonment of not more than three years or a fine, in case of a slanderous insult to imprisonment from three months to five years. (2) If the offence was committed publicly, in a meeting or through the dissemination of written materials (section 11 (3)) section 200 shall apply. An application for publication of the conviction may also be filed by the prosecution service.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to defamation of organs and representatives of foreign states is current as of 2010

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