Freedom of speech versus freedom of religion? The case of Dutch politician Geert Wilders

Howard, Erica (2017) Freedom of speech versus freedom of religion? The case of Dutch politician Geert Wilders. Human Rights Law Review, 17 (2). pp. 313-337. ISSN 1461-7781

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Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders has already been prosecuted once for incitement to hatred and group defamation over remarks and a film criticising Islam and comparing the Quran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He was acquitted, but now faces another criminal trial on the same charges concerning remarks he made in March 2014 about ‘fewer Moroccans’. This Article examines Wilders’ expressions which led to both prosecutions. The case law of the European Court of Human Rights on freedom of expression and freedom of religion will be used as yardstick and the article analyses what would happen if these expressions were to come before that Court.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 20190
Notes on copyright: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Human Rights Law Review following peer review. The version of record Erica Howard; Freedom of Speech versus Freedom of Religion? The Case of Dutch Politician Geert Wilders, Human Rights Law Review, Volume 17, Issue 2, 1 June 2017, Pages 313–337 is available online at:
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Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 11:30
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2019 08:55

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