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AVISO: “Hate speech” laws threatening freedom of speech

Summary

  • Paul Coleman to present on worrying effects of “hate speech” laws in Europe
  • Censorship movement gaining momentum in the US

WASHINGTON, D.C. (18 June 2018) – On 21 June, the Heritage Foundation is hosting an event on the dangers of so-called “hate speech” laws and the detrimental effect they have on freedom of speech. Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International, will be speaking on the rise of such laws in Europe and their results. Coleman has written widely on the subject and is the author of the book, Censored: How European “Hate Speech” Laws are Threatening Freedom of Speech.

In many European countries, the state wants to shut down debate on ‘hot topics’. Sunday sermons, media articles, and even private conversations have been subject to criminal investigations as a result.

“In many European countries, the state wants to shut down debate on ‘hot topics’. Sunday sermons, media articles, and even private conversations have been subject to criminal investigations as a result. Nonetheless, speech laws are not only a growing concern in Europe. Even in the USA censorship on university campuses and online platforms is growing,” said Coleman.

Impact of “hate speech” laws

Censored addresses the rise of “hate speech” laws in Europe and their effect on freedom of speech. In Germany, for example, committing an “insult” can be a criminal offence while in Poland offending “religious feelings” carries a two-year prison sentence. Such examples, along with fifty different cases described in the book, show how “hate speech” laws are readily being used in Europe. In the USA, there are growing calls for the introduction of “hate speech” laws.

The event at the Heritage Foundation will feature Arthur Milikh, Associate Director and Research Fellow of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, Klon Kitchin, Senior Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and National Security at the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and will be hosted by John W. York, Policy Analyst of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. It will take place at the Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium and a live stream will be available on https://www.heritage.org/.

Panel Discussion: Will We Ban “Hate Speech”? Lessons from Europe and the Threat of Big Tech
When: 21 June 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Where: The Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Who: Arthur Milikh, Associate Director and Research Fellow, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics
Klon Kitchin, Senior Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and National Security, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy
John W. York, Policy Analyst, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics
Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International
RSVP: Register for the event here.

For more information on “hate speech” laws download a brief here.

Order your copy of Censored here.

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