Hate speech legislation is unnecessary and undesirable. New Zealand law already sets clear and enforceable limits on speech and strikes a fair balance between freedom of speech and the protection of racial, religious and other identifiable minority groups.
[Edited versions of this article were published in the March 2005 editions of DayStar Magazine and NZ Baptist Magazine. Downloaded from www.hatespeech.co.nz.]
Is hate speech legislation necessary or desirable?
Ian Bassett LLB (Hons) (Auckland), LLM (Cambridge), AAMINZ
Barrister of Auckland, New Zealand
PO Box 105-315, Auckland 1, New Zealand.
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