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Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech


This brochure intends to make a distinction between freedom of expression and hate speech, both from a terminology and a legal point of view, as well as to differentiate them from other related concepts, such as defamation and insult.


Freedom of speech and expression is a fundamental human right, playing a vital role in exercising and protecting other rights. The brochure will be presented through the national legislation, as well as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. All explanations should contribute to recognizing, isolating and condemning the antonyms of free expression.

It is intended, above all, for journalists, journalism students, media and their editors, as well as the general public, dealing with the issues of freedom of expression, hate speech, defamation and insult, as well as the legal framework in the country.