The New Regulation Against Hate Speech in Greece: Strengths and Weaknesses
Council for European Studies, Reviews & Critical Commentary (CritCom) Columbia University, Forthcoming
10 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2014 Last revised: 15 Feb 2016
Date Written: December 3, 2014
Law 4285/2014 enacted on September 9th 2014 implements within the Greek legal order the European Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA “On combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law”. The paper analysis the text of the legislation indicating the way the Greek Parliament decided to implement the directive. It then elaborates on the role of the law in the current sociopolitical context in Greece. It criticizes some elements of the law which are also inherent in the European Council Framework Decision itself.
Keywords: Greece's hate speech regulation, Freedom of expression, memory laws, holocaust denial, denial of crimes against humanity, hate speech
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