Annual Report Discrimination / Diversity 2011: Executive Summary

The Centre for equal opportunities and opposition to racism is regularly questioned about statements which defy the boundaries of free speech. Should one be able to say anything and everything? Can freedom of speech justify any statement? Or which statements can infringe the law? At what point can a statement be considered to be an incitement to hatred, violence or discrimination? For these questions, a simple yes/ no answer will never suffice.

Annual Report Discrimination / Diversity 2011: Executive Summary

That is why the Centre has chosen freedom of speech as the central topic of its Diversity/Discrimination Annual Report 2011. It is a risky topic, bound to lead to disagreement and discord. However, readers eager for controversy will be disappointed: with this analysis the Centre aims to demonstrate that this question, which is fundamental for a democracy, can be calmly addressed in a concrete and critical manner which recognises its full complexity, in both legal and societal terms. There will be no ideological side-taking or moralising but simply legal analyses, concrete examples and hypotheses.