Freedom Of Expression And Discriminatory Hate Speech In The Second Wilders Case

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How did the judiciary of the Netherlands solve the conflict between freedom of expression and discriminatory hate speech in the second wilders case?
Introduction
The right to freedom of speech is a fundamental human right protected by treaties of several global and European institutions. In a democracy it might be necessary to avoid certain forms of speech that offend or promote hatred against others based on intolerance. The right to freedom of expression is considered essential for politicians and specifically for opposition politicians.
The two Wilders cases display the conflict that can arise between freedom of speech and between the protection of a group of people from discriminatory hate speech.
This paper will analyse how the judiciary of the Netherlands solved the conflict between freedom of expression and between discriminatory hate speech in the second Wilders case.
First relevant information to this paper will be presented, then the two cases of wilders will be discussed, then the relevant legal rules and the court’s decision will be analysed and lastly commentary and critic on the second prosecution will be displayed.
Background Information
Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician and leader of Dutch right wing party of freedom (PVV). He is known to have extreme and critical views on Islam and describes it as a religion wanting to destroy western civilization. Wilders has made several remarks on this in many interviews, online and even produced a short film IN 2008

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