Neo-Nazi site finds home in Iceland

Neo-Nazi site finds home in Iceland

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Image caption The Daily Stormer mocked the death of protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville in August

Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has reappeared on the publicly available internet after registering a domain in Iceland.

The site was shut down at the end of August after it elicited widespread condemnation for a viral blog post mocking the death of a protestor at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The site was launched in 2013 and had previous used the domain provider GoDaddy. After apparently encouraging its readers to troll supporters of Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed after a car rammed into a group of protesters near a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville this August, the website’s registration was cancelled by GoDaddy and later denied a home by Google.

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Image caption Events in Charlottesville have spurred a national conversation in the US about far-right groups, free speech and censorship

The site then unsuccessfully tried to register domains in Russia and Albania before it set up on the “dark web” – a subsection of the internet only accessible with a special browser.

Iceland has some of the world’s most stringent free speech protection and privacy laws, a point stressed by one of the latest stories on The Daily Stormer site.

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As a furore over paedophile’s links to Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson has led to the collapse of Iceland’s ruling coalition, The Daily Stormer went on to say that they believe this political instability will enable them to keep the domain active for the foreseeable future.


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The website is hosted by Icelandic company Orange Host, which describes itself as a “freedom of speech web hosting provider”. BBC Trending has contacted the company and the The Daily Stormer for comment.

The Daily Stormer takes its inspiration from the Nazi Germany newspaper Der Stuermer, which was infamous for its anti-Jewish propaganda. Its publisher was Julius Streicher, a Nazi Party member who was executed for crimes against humanity in 1946.

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