European Restrictionism and Its Variations

Erik Bleich

in The Freedom to Be Racist?

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739684
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914579 | DOI:
European Restrictionism and Its Variations

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This chapter focuses on European statutes that punish racial incitement, provocation, or other forms of expression directed against people because of their race, ethnicity, nationality, or religion. Examining European policies since the inter-war years demonstrates the slow creep toward stronger anti-racist laws, particularly since the 1960s when increasing numbers of European countries began enacting laws against racist speech. It uses the examples of Britain's passage of its 2006 Religious Hatred Act, of the prosecutions of Brigitte Bardot in France, and of the Danish cartoon controversy to illustrate the progress, but also the limits, of European restrictions on racist speech.

Keywords: freedom of speech; racism; incitement; Europe; Britain; France; Denmark; Brigitte Bardot

Chapter.  12396 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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