Faith in Public Debate: On Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech and Religion in France & The Netherlands (School of Human Rights Research)

Faith in Public Debate: On Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech and Religion in France & The Netherlands (School of Human Rights Research) Author Esther Janssen
ISBN-10 178068309X
ISBN-13 9781780683096
Year 2015-04-10
Pages 638
Language English
Publisher Intersentia
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Should a politician be free to fiercely attack the religion of a sector of the population Should he be allowed to strongly reject the culture of a particular minority group Should religious adherents be allowed to advocate the transition from a democratic to a theocratic state Should a satirical magazine be free to mock religious figures and practices These sort of questions concern the place of faith in public debate and continue to dominate public discussion that has been fueled by a series of events including the terrorist attacks in New York Madrid and London the assassination of Dutch film director Theo van Gogh the affair of the Danish cartoons the prosecution of Dutch politician Geert Wilders for his statements on Islam and Muslims the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris The overarching questions triggered by these events concern the relationship between freedom of expression and the regulation of hate speech Which forms of hate speech should the state prohibit On what grounds By which means Notably the restriction of hate speech uttered in the context of the public debate about multiculturalism immigration integration and Islam and of religious fundamentalism has become a topic of lively discussion This book constitutes the first international comparative study that provides a profound analysis of the law on hate speech in France and the Netherlands as well as under European and international law It thoroughly examines the national legislation its drafting history policy and other legal documents and case law Series School of Human Rights Research Vol 68 Subject International Law European Law Comparative Law Human Rights Law Religious Law Politics

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