Should Hate Speech Be Allowed on the Internet? A Reply to Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 119, 2010

6 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2011  

Stephen L. Newman

York University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2010

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 websites 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.

Suggested Citation

Newman, Stephen L., Should Hate Speech Be Allowed on the Internet? A Reply to Raphael Cohen-Almagor (2010). Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 119, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1876418

Stephen L. Newman (Contact Author)

York University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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