In a rapidly changing and politically conscious world, the demand for the respect of human rights comes to the fore. This issue of Human Rights explores contemporary issues of which freedom of speech is key. This freedom plays a vital role in the promotion and maintenance of a democracy. However, it is a sensitive one as controversies arise over what should be considered as the dimensions to this freedom.
Join us as we elaborate on questions arising from the concept of free and hate speech. On what grounds is freedom of speech justifiable? What standards define hate speech? Where do the lines blur and sharpen with regard to offensive speech and free expression? What is the role of the government in the regulation of speech and mediums of expression? Is the concept of hate speech and free expression real or a façade?