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Swiss writer being jailed for insulting lesbian journalist alarms free speech advocates

A court in Switzerland fined and sentenced a writer and pundit to 60 days in jail for calling a journalist a “fat lesbian,” alarming free speech advocates across the globe. 

On Monday, controversial French-Swiss polemicist Alain Bonnet, who goes by Alain Soral and is a noted Holocaust denier, was sentenced by the Lausanne court for the crimes of defamation, discrimination and incitement to hatred after he criticized Catherine Macherel, a journalist for Swiss newspapers Tribune de Geneve and 24 Heures, in a Facebook video two years ago.

The story caught the attention of numerous U.S. outlets and alarmed some stateside free speech advocates.

“Governments will say, ‘We have freedom of speech.’ Sadly, what’s happening worldwide is growing sentiment that there’s not always freedom after speech,” crisis and reputation expert Robbie Vorhaus told Fox News Digital.

Macherel did not respond to a request for comment.

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Fox News’ Lawrence Richard and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

David Rutz is a senior editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @davidrutz.

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