GILC Resolution on Hate Speech November 1997
(1) GILC members deplore racist and hateful speech, but when encountering racist or hateful speech, the best remedy to be applied is generally more speech, not enforced silence.
(2) Liberty's fundamental principle is that governments should be prohibited from prohibiting the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.
(3) While the application of existing law to the Internet is still in its infancy, the well-established free speech principles should apply with even greater force to networked speech. The Internet gives it users easy access to public discourse. It affords human rights activists and other opponents of racism with an inexpensive and effective method for responding to racist speech.
- Associazione per la Libertà nella Comunicazione Elettronica Interattiva (ALCEI)
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Arge Daten
- Association des Utilisateurs d'Internet
- Center for Democracy and Technology
- Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
- CommUnity - The Computer Communicators Association
- Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK)
- Derechos Human Rights
- Digital Citizens Foundation Netherlands
- Electronic Frontiers Australia
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Electronic Privacy Information Center
- Forum InformatikerInnen fuer Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung (FIfF) e.V
- Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft (FITUG)
- Fronteras Electronicas España (FrEE)
- Privacy International
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