Most modern democracies punish hate speech less freedom for some they claim guarantees greater freedom for others this book rejects that approach arguing that democracies have better ways of. Hate speech and democratic citizenship eric heinze challenges prevailing rationales for hate speech bans in view of ongoing global controversies scrutinizes conditions for free expression in modern democracies with a critique of us european and international approaches distinguishes between rights based and democratic models emphasizing the democratic approach emphasizes the . Hate speech and democratic citizenship eric heinze abstract contrary to dominant views within international law and institutions it is never democratically legitimate to punish citizens solely for repulsive or dangerous viewpoints expressed within public discourse with the controversial exception of the us however most states prohibit some forms of racist sexist anti religious . Most modern democracies punish hate speech less freedom for some they claim guarantees greater freedom for others this book rejects that approach arguing that democracies have better ways of combating violence and discrimination against vulnerable groups without having to censor speakers. Hate speech and democratic citizenship will absorb inform and provoke ian cram university of leeds just when it seemed that there was not much more that could be usefully added to the long running debate about the propriety of hate speech bans in democratic societies heinze offers new insights and fresh perspectives
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