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Free speech or hate speech?: A legal analysis of the discourse about Roma on Twitter
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1184-1385
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6289-9427
2018 (English)In: Information & communications technology law, ISSN 1360-0834, E-ISSN 1469-8404Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article draws on material gathered from Swedish tweets about the Roma population, in order to map different discourses. Based on this material, a legal analysis was made focusing on how the legal protection under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and Swedish law for such types of expression may vary depending on the wider discursive context. This article concludes that the legal protection for hateful expressions against for instance Roma, will vary depending on the discursive context. When the expression is a direct part of a political discussion, the protection of freedom of expression will be higher. However, emphasis must also be placed on the aim, value, and accuracy of the statement, even in a political context. This will increase the possibilities to legally intervene against speech that may perhaps be triggered by an ongoing political debate, but is hateful and without value to that debate.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
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Hate speech, freedom of expression, Roma, social media, discourse, text analysis
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Law (excluding Law and Society) Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Law; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150044DOI: 10.1080/13600834.2018.1494415OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-150044DiVA, id: diva2:1230757
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-04195The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority, 2605/2013Available from: 2018-07-04 Created: 2018-07-04 Last updated: 2018-07-17

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