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Extreme Speech and Democracy$
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Ivan Hare and James Weinstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548781.001.0001

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Freedom of Speech in a Globalized World

Freedom of Speech in a Globalized World

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(p.11) 1 Freedom of Speech in a Globalized World
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Extreme Speech and Democracy
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Dieter Grimm

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548781.003.0002

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

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