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Discussion: Should Hate Speech be allowed on the Internet? A Reply to Raphael Cohen-Almagor

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Stephen L. Newman

York University, Toronto, CA
About Stephen L.
Stephen L. Newman is Associate Professor of Political Science, where he teaches political theory. He is the author of Liberalism at Wits’ End: The Libertarian Revolt Against the Modern State (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1974) and the editor of Constitutional Politics in Canada and the United States (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2004).
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Abstract

In his recent article, “Holocaust Denial is a Form of Hate Speech,” Raphael Cohen-Almagor argues that so-called “revisionists” and others who deny the historical reality of Hitler’s attempt to wipe out European Jewry should be barred from the Internet, their Web sites dismantled and their pages removed from Facebook and other social networking sites. I maintain that the argument he makes is inconsistent with his professed commitment to the liberal free speech principle, which allows for the suppression of speech only when it is the cause of grave and demonstrable injury.

How to Cite: Newman, S.L., 2010. Discussion: Should Hate Speech be allowed on the Internet? A Reply to Raphael Cohen-Almagor. Amsterdam Law Forum, 2(2), pp.119–124. DOI: http://doi.org/10.37974/ALF.125
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Published on 21 Feb 2010.
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