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Freedom of Speech Online FAQs

There is a renewed interest in the right to freedom of expression due to the ongoing war in the Middle East between Israel and Gaza, sparked by the Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7th, 2023. We have been asked where the legal line between free speech and ‘hate speech’ is drawn, specifically in the current context and within the online sphere. There is no simple answer to this question, but the below FAQs outline the relevant laws to be aware of and, we hope, will shed light on the boundary between free speech and ‘hate speech’.

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