The Swiss federal high court has ruled that posters of Muslims prostrating in front of the Swiss federal palace, with the slogan “use your heads” is not racist. The court argued, with one judge noting reservations, that the posters do not fulfill legal requirements for racial discrimination.

The court said, in its decision not to hear a case brought by public authorities in Valais, that the interpretation of the law should not be so narrow as to endanger freedom of expression. The law makes it illegal to humiliate or use racial prejudice against others via images, text and other means of communication. The judges noted that no member of the Muslim community pressed charges.

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