In contrast to the United States policy of protecting hateful expression, a survey of democracy indices indicates that dozens of democracies have hate speech laws that restrict it. This challenges assumptions of debate in the United States by showing such restrictions are feasible in a free society.

Author information: Sean Lehning is currently a law student at Northern Illinois University College of Law. This research project built on his political science background and inspired him to go to law school, while he continues to research issues of free expression and hate speech.



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