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Ombudsman urges politicians, parents to think before speaking

15.12.2015 15:21
Category: work and news

The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) hosted on Tuesday a panel debate on ethics in public discourse and hate speech. Ombudsman Vlasta Nussdorfer said that role models - above all politicians and parents - should display a certain level of cultured speech.

The ombudsman's office receives many hate speech complaints and condemns in principle all hate speech. It however only responds concretely when it is targeting minorities, she said.

She pointed out that her office advised the parliament to set up a special tribunal that would look into hate speech in politics. Moreover, the government should also consider making defamation punishable by civil penalty.

Nussdorfer also pointed to the issues related to hate speech voiced in line. She wondered how it was possible that one would be punished when voicing hate speech on the street but not when the same is done online.

Slavko Splichal of SAZU believes that anonymous hate speech cannot be protected by the freedom of speech.

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