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The Freedom to Be Racist?How the United States and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism$
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Erik Bleich

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739684.001.0001

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European Restrictionism and Its Variations

European Restrictionism and Its Variations

(p.17) 2 European Restrictionism and Its Variations
The Freedom to Be Racist?

Erik Bleich (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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