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Hate Speech and the Limitations of Journalistic Freedom in Reporting on Matters of Public Interest

The author describes the regulation of hate speech in the acts of the Council of Europe and European Union, and in the court practice of the European Court of Human Rights as well. The author emphasises that harsh, provocative and even offensive statements are to be considered an acceptable form of freedom of expression, so long as they are a part of a constructive discussion regarding matters of public interest. If they are meant to cause hate and intolerance, however, they represent an abuse of freedom of expression, which must be sanctioned. Journalists play an essential role in the prevention of hate speech. They must on one hand impartially, truthfully and completely report on matters of public interest, while working to prevent hate speech at the same time.


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Issue No. 268 - Hate Speech
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2017 , volume volume 45 , issue issue 268
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