Sneak Preview: Balancing Freedom of Speech on the Internet Under International Law

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By Kitsuron Sangsuvan

Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right which allows people to communicate freely. However, inappropriate communication often leads to conflicts in society. Inappropriate communication can provoke anger and ignite flame wars between people. In particular, inappropriate communication in cultural diversity can easily constitute intercultural or cross-cultural conflict. The “Innocence of Muslims” is an example of inappropriate communication which caused intercultural or cross-cultural conflict. The movie also caused chaos in many countries around the world. The US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya. The international community called for international law or any measure to balance and control freedom of speech on the Internet. This Article will address whether and how freedom of speech on the Internet is balanced and controlled in order prevent intercultural or cross-cultural conflicts through international law. More specifically, this Article provides a basic background on freedom of speech under international law and points out the different protection of freedom of speech in each country. It examines how freedom of speech on the Internet causes intercultural or cross-cultural conflict. It also analyzes how freedom of speech on the Internet is difficult to control and how international human rights law likely applies and controls freedom of speech on the Internet.

Come back soon for the full publication in North Carolina's Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.


Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Mon. April 7, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: International Law

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