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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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Hate Speech in the United Kingdom: An Historical Overview

Hate Speech in the United Kingdom: An Historical Overview

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(p.92) 5 Hate Speech in the United Kingdom: An Historical Overview
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Extreme Speech and Democracy
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Sir David Williams QC

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548781.003.0006

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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