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Should “hate speech” be free?: Recent events in the US have not only shown clearly the disturbing levels of hatred espoused by those following neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideologies, but they have also shown the power of challenging such views, and highlighted the issues around ‘hate speech’ and freedom of expression. 

Our latest Q&A looks at how to challenge hateful and discriminatory expression, while protecting free expression and promoting equality.

Can the right to freedom of speech be limited? If so, what limits are allowed?

Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right – crucial not only to how we express and exchange ideas – but to the very functioning of democracies. It is how we learn what our governments are doing, and how we exercise dissent and demand accountability.

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Should “hate speech” be free?: Recent events in the US have not only shown clearly the disturbing levels of hatred espoused by those following neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideologies, but they have also shown the power of challenging such views, and highlighted the issues around ‘hate speech’ and freedom of expression. Our latest Q&A looks at how to challenge hateful and discriminatory expression, while protecting free expression and promoting equality.Can the right to freedom of speech be limited? If so, what limits are allowed?Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right – crucial not only to how we express and exchange ideas – but to the very functioning of democracies. It is how we learn what our governments are doing, and how we exercise dissent and demand accountability.Should “hate speech” be free?: Recent events in the US have not only shown clearly the disturbing levels of hatred espoused by those following neo-Nazi and white supremacistideologies, but they have also shown the power of challenging such views, and highlighted the issues around ‘hate speech’ and freedom of expression. Our latest Q&A looks at how to challenge hateful and discriminatory expression, while protecting free expression and promoting equality.