Censored: how European „hate speech“ laws are threatening freedom of speech

Despite the importance of freedom of speech and robust public debate, the nations of Europe have all adopted criminal laws against so-called “hate speech.” In Germany, for example, committing an insult is a criminal offence and in Poland offending religious feelings carries a two year prison sentenc...

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Main Author: Coleman, Paul B.
Contributors: Bull, Benjamin W. (Writer of introduction)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: Wien Kairos Publications 2016
Edition:Second Edition
Availability in Tübingen:IFK: bestellt 11/2016
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Summary:Despite the importance of freedom of speech and robust public debate, the nations of Europe have all adopted criminal laws against so-called “hate speech.” In Germany, for example, committing an insult is a criminal offence and in Poland offending religious feelings carries a two year prison sentence. In Cyprus, anyone who promotes feelings of ill will may be committing a crime, while in Sweden anyone who expresses contempt towards a group of persons may be imprisoned. Across Europe, such laws are readily being used. Ministers of religion have been arrested for preaching sermons from the Bible, journalists have been routinely fined, and even private conversations between citizens have resulted in criminal investigations. Yet remarkably, there appears to be almost unwavering support for “hate speech” laws among major European institutions and many non-governmental organizations.
Physical Description:252 Seiten
ISBN:9783950385113