‘Hate speech’ laws threatening freedom of speech

ADF International attorney to present on effects of ‘hate speech’ laws in Europe, censorship movement gaining momentum in US
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

 

WHO: Paul Coleman, executive director of ADF International; 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

WHAT: Panel discussion: “Will We Ban ‘Hate Speech’? Lessons from Europe and the Threat of Big Tech”

WHEN: Friday, June 21, noon to 1 p.m. EDT

WHERE: The Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington. RSVP to attend or view live stream.

 
WASHINGTON – On Friday, the Heritage Foundation will host a panel discussion on the dangers of “hate speech” laws and the detrimental effect they have on freedom of speech. ADF International Executive Director Paul Coleman will speak at the event 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. Nonetheless, speech laws are not only a growing concern in Europe. Even in the U.S., censorship on university campuses and online platforms is growing,” said Coleman.

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 offense, and in Poland, offending “religious feelings” carries a two-year prison sentence. Such examples, along with 50 others described in the book, show how “hate speech” laws are being used readily in Europe. In the U.S., calls for the introduction of “hate speech” laws are only growing.
 

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.
 
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