What's it gonna cost?
- Mar 11, 2009
You remember Europeans being prosecuted for hate speech from the 80s and 90s? And people in the US throwing the term around? Legit question. I'm not old enough to remember.
NM. I see that you said prosecuted, LOL.
IDK which Euro countries are making you concerned, but we have a 1st amendment here that protects us. A state can pass a law. Congress can try to pass a law. They're not changing the constitution, and we are protected by the courts. I don't think that's changing.
The first thing I found is a law forcing Facebook to take down hateful speech. It doesn't say anything about prosecuting the person who said it.
Flaka Pollozhani, International Visiting Scholar
Here is an article mentioning prosecutions for denying the holocaust and praising terrorism, so there's that.
Spain’s arrests of two puppeteers are the latest in a string of prosecutions fueling a debate on whether freedom of speech is under threat in Europe.
Here is an article indicating that free speech hasn't always been widely enjoyed in Europe:
Freedom of expression has always been unevenly protected in Europe. This is because of a philosophical divide that cuts across the continent: Some European countries can be classified as militant democracies. In these countries, the state limits freedom of speech and association when it is deemed to threaten other values outlined in the constitution, such as democracy and the freedom of others. Germany, which regularly bans or has banned various Communist, National Socialist, and Islamist organizations, is a classic example. France, which prohibits Holocaust denial, shuts down mosques it deems too radical and aggressively enforces laws against hate speech and glorification of terrorism, also falls mainly into this camp.