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Portugal anti-racism activist fined for defaming prominent neo-Nazi

A Lisbon, Portugal court issued a verdict on Friday that directed Mamadou Ba, a prominent advocate against racism in Portugal, to pay a significant fine of 2,400 euros, as reported by local media. The judgment found Ba guilty of defaming Mario Machado, a well-known neo-Nazi activist in the country.

In his social media posts, Ba accused Mario Machado, the founder of various far-right movements in Portugal, of being involved in the murder of Alcindo Monteiro. Notably, Machado was not among those convicted in the 1997 trial related to Monteiro’s murder, despite having a criminal record for racial discrimination and other

Machado’s well-documented history of using social media to spread racial animosity and serving jail terms has sparked a more extensive legal discussion regarding systemic racism in Portugal. In 2012, Machado was sentenced to 10 years in prison for grievous bodily harm, racial discrimination, blackmailing a public prosecutor and illegal weapon possession, in three separate cases.

SOS Racismo, the organization to which Ba is affiliated, contends that the judicial system is making efforts to stifle voices advocating for democratic and anti-racist principles.

Isabel Duarte, the legal representative retained by Ba, has expressed the intention to contest this legal judgment and, if circumstances require, to escalate the matter to the European Court of Human Rights. She argues that the government has allowed the infiltration of far-right ideologies into its institutions. In contrast, Machado’s legal counsel, Jose Castro, interprets this ruling as a demonstration of a judicial process free from political influence.