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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, March 22, 2010

More About Hate Speech On the Internet

Raphael Cohen-Almagor, University of Hull, has published "Countering Hate on the Internet - A Rejoinder," at 2 Amsterdam Law Forum 125 (2010). Here is the abstract.


Steve Newman of York University wrote a reply to my “Holocaust Denial Is A Form of Hate Speech”, Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 2, No 1 (2009), pp. 33-42. The Editors of Amsterdam Law Forum invited me to write a rejoinder, answering Newman’s critic. The result is this article in which I reiterate that Internet providers and web-hosting companies should abide by their own rules of conduct. If their terms of service disallow hateful messages on their servers then they should not host or provide forums for Holocaust denial. I further tell the story of Sabina Citron showing that Holocaust denial can cause people severe offence, upsetting them to the extent of loss in their self-esteem. Further, I argue that hate speech can and did translate to hate crime. Some hate mongers are not satisfied merely by the sound of their pounding words and wish to see blood. Finally, I propose ways for countering hate on the Net.

Download the article at the link.

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