Articles

LEGAL QUANDARIES IN COMBATING HATE PROPAGANDA

CHERIAN GEORGE

Published in mediaasia on 22 April 2015

“I use the term “hate spin” to refer to this double-sided propagandistic strategy, in which both the giving and taking offence can be used to boost one’s stature or weaken one’s opponents. Hate spin is used by intolerant groups everywhere. And in many countries, it is posing a major challenge to democratic life.” More >

REGULATING HATE SPEECH: HOW NOT TO DO IT

CHERIAN GEORGE

Published in Mediaasia on 13 March 2014.

“Across Asia and beyond, hate speech – expression aimed at persecuting people by vilifying their identities – has become a common feature of public discourse.

Even hate speech that is not so dangerous can have an anti-democratic effect. When norms of civility are not upheld, vulnerable minorities tend to exit from the public sphere, undermining the broad participation that meaningful democracy requires. Open societies struggle with hate speech because liberty and equality are both important democratic principles. While such speech is an exercise of the speaker’s liberty, it can rob the target of equality.” More >

 

WHY HATE SPEECH DOESN’T ALWAYS REQUIRE THE RED CARD

CHERIAN GEORGE

Published in The Straits Times on 3 December 2011.

“With the power to release private thoughts into public space in a heartbeat, the internet has allowed individuals to share ideas like never before. That, unfortunately, includes some thoughts that would have been better kept leashed in the backyards of people’s minds.” More >