Hate Speech in the United Kingdom: An Historical Overview

Sir David Williams QC

in Extreme Speech and Democracy

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199548781
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720673 | DOI:
 Hate Speech in the United Kingdom: An Historical Overview

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This chapter aims to outline briefly the emergence of statutory offences of incitement against the background of sedition and blasphemy at common law. The emphasis is on the law of England and Wales and, in particular, on the emergence of the offences of incitement to racial hatred and of incitement to religious hatred. There is reference also to issues of freedom of speech.

Keywords: sedition; blasphemy; incitement; free speech; statutory offences

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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