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[December 03, 2013]

Germany: Police develop app to spot neo-Nazi music

(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) German authorities are considering equipping police with a smartphone app that would recognise neo-Nazi songs.

Dubbed the "Nazi Shazam", the software would allow authorities to react instantly if far-right songs are played on radio stations, at concerts, club nights or demonstrations.

The interior ministers of Germany's 16 regions will discuss the new practice at a meeting this week. Considered by experts as a "gateway drug" to the neo-Nazi scene, 1,090 pieces of music with a far-right or racist message are indexed by the Federal review board for media harmful to minors.

Simone Rafael, of the website Network Against Nazis said the problem was that far-right groups had learned to avoid using the songs on the state index, instead favouring newer folk songs by nationalist singer-songwriters, with a broader anti-establishment message.

Philip Oltermann Berlin (c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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