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Freedom of Speech Under Attack

Freedom of Speech Under Attack
  • Jaar van uitgave 2015
  • 322 pagina's
Redacteur:Afshin Ellian and Gelijn Molier
Rubrieken: Juridisch Algemeen
Juridisch Metajuridica
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6290‐027‐1 | paperback | 1e druk | € 42,00 / $ 56,70 / £ 44,52
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This book is a ‘follow-up’ of a book that appeared in 2011, in Dutch. That year saw the trial of Geert Wilders, parliamentarian and party leader of one of the largest political parties in The Netherlands. Central questions were: Should a parliamentarian be allowed more freedom of expression than an ‘ordinary citizen’?; How should ‘group insult’ and ‘incitement to hatred and discrimination’ be interpreted?; What is the significance of the European Convention on Human Rights for freedom of speech? Is there a tension between freedom of speech de iure and de facto? These questions have lost none of their importance and topicality, especially not sincethe terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. The Wilders case is merely a symptom of a larger development at the European level: The rise of nationalistic and populist politicians who willingly confront the limits of freedom of speech in the discussion about the immigration and integration of aliens and refugees. At the same time, radicalized Muslims increasingly make use of modern media to glorify Jihad and other acts of violence. These developments necessitate a closer reflection of freedom of speech. In addition, the theoretical aspects of the relation between freedom of speech and democracy are given ample attention.

"This is a timely book. It’s full of important insights and is a must read for anyone concerned with the undermining of free speech. Politicians and judges, i.e. those who write and pass laws and those who interpret them have a special obligation to study this volume. Following the debate about free speech is sometimes like looking in a distorted mirror. Concepts are being turned on their head, minor details are being enlarged out of proportion and important distinctions disappear. Freedom of Speech under Attack restores the mirror to its right dimensions. Anyone reading it has a chance to understand, what’s at stake in the battle for free speech and he or she will be able to identify the hot spots that willingly or unwillingly represent a growing threat to free speech in a multicultural democracy."  -  Flemming Rose, foreign editor at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten


Scientists in the field of constitutional law, penal law, legal-theory,  legal-philosophy and human rights.

September 2015

review by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

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