Freedom of speech vs. Hate speech

von: Caroline Mutuku

GRIN Verlag , 2018

ISBN: 9783668726093

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Freedom of speech vs. Hate speech


Essay from the year 2018 in the subject Law - Civil Action / Lawsuit Law, grade: 1.2, , language: English, abstract: Freedom of speech appears to be one of the most fundamental rights of the U.S citizens. This provision is protected by the U.S Constitution through the First Amendment of the American Constitution; therefore, it guarantees the U.S citizens with freedom of expression. The amendment states, 'Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech or of the press' (Germani par. 1). However, hate speech is regarded to as a legal crime because; it interferes with other provisions in the U.S Bill of Rights. As a result, there have been numerous enactments carried out by the U.S Legislature to protect the loyalty of the U.S citizens through expression. In regard to the First Amendment of the U.S Constitution, an individual can be convicted of hate speech crime in circumstances where one's statements evoke violence. Moreover, statements, which constitute threats to other people or the Government, are regarded to as hate speech crime. However, conviction of an individual for crimes related to hate speech requires legal approaches to justify the individual's breach of the law. Huhn states, 'Even in cases where it is clear that a person is threatening violence.., the person may be criminally prosecuted only if the law in question is carefully drawn so that it applies only in appropriate cases'