Hate Speech Laws

While most will be familiar with the term ‘hate speech’, it is not used by any of the major international human rights treaties, and it has not been clearly defined by the European Court of Human Rights or any other international court.

National governments, technology companies, and international agenciesuse the term ‘hate speech’ in different ways in different documents. It is widely accepted that there is no universally agreed definition of ‘hate speech’ and most attempts rely on vaguely defined terms and subjectivity.

Censorship Zones

A censorship zone sets out a defined area around an abortion facility that prevents citizens from engaging in otherwise legal activities within it. Prohibited activities range from the use of amplification equipment to assembling in a group, or even praying quietly alone. Censorship zones around abortion facilities can range from 100 – 800 meters in circumference and are usually intended to prevent any contact between citizens entering a facility and those engaging in pro-life activities.


Censored addresses the rise of so-called ‘hate speech’ laws throughout Europe and their devastating effect on freedom of speech.  In Germany, for example, committing an ‘insult’ is a criminal offence and in Poland offending ‘religious feelings’ carries a two year prison sentence.

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Dear Future Mum: France

“Dear future Mum: Don’t be afraid. Your child will be able to hug you, and to go to school.” This warm message contained in “Dear Future Mum”; the infomercial starring eighteen young people with Down Syndrome, was censored.

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