The United States joins the Christchurch Call

The virtual Summit of the Christchurch Call Member States will be held on May 14.

The United States will join the Christchurch Call, an international campaign to prevent violent crimes motivated by extremism, led by New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron launched the Christchurch Call campaign in 2019 after an attack on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, where a criminal killed 51 people, broadcasting the events live on social networks.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said “countering the use of the Internet to recruit and radicalize terrorists and extremists is an important priority for the United States.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the US joining the campaign “a formalization of pre-existing cooperation and a commitment to work even more closely together.”

The administration of Donald Trump has previously refused to participate in the Christchurch Call, citing the need to protect the principle of freedom of speech. The White House stressed that by joining the Christchurch Call, the United States will not take steps that would violate the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, as well as the right to the confidentiality of information.

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