Freedom of Speech in a Globalized World

Dieter Grimm

in Extreme Speech and Democracy

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199548781
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720673 | DOI:
 Freedom of Speech in a Globalized World

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the meaning of freedom of speech, focusing on freedom of expression and freedom of the media. It argues that despite its importance, freedom of speech is not an absolute right since it can harm other liberties or protected interests. The chapter then considers freedom of speech under globalized conditions. It cites the problem of identifying the exact boundary between legitimate public discourse and objectionable speech. It also addresses the question whether the global challenges involving free speech require global answers in the law.

Keywords: free speech; freedom of expression; globalization; religion; speech-related law

Chapter.  5761 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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