IFPS resolution for the abolition of all hate speech and blasphemy laws

The International Free Press Society

A resolution for the abolition of all hate speech and blasphemy laws

The introduction and increasing application of laws against “hate speech” and “blasphemy” by national and supranational authorities throughout the Western world constitute a clear and present threat to freedom of expression.

While represented as protective laws to enforce civility, hate speech and blasphemy laws have become instruments in the hands of bureaucratic, political and juridical elites that enable them to punish citizens for expressing opinions and ideas the elites do not approve of. Such instruments, which ultimately prevent citizens from writing, publishing, and voicing ideas and opinions outside the established orthodoxy, undermine democracy itself.

Under these circumstances, citizens have only one recourse: to demand the total abolition of all hate speech and blasphemy laws.

The International Free Press Society will commit all the resources at its disposal to this fight.

March 8, 2009

Lars Hedegaard, President

Diana West, Vice President

Paul Belien, Vice President

Christine Brim, Secretary

Bjorn Larsen, Treasurer

Ned May, Outreach Coordinator

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