The Foreword of this book has been done by Dr Mehdi Hasan. He wears many hats . He is Chairman Council of Complaints of PEMRA. Also Chairman Human Rights Commission Pakistan. A name that needs no introduction.
I share here, an excerpt from the book, now only days away from its launch:
“I would first like to discuss Hate Speech here as a justified bar on the right to freedom of expression. “Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.”
However, Justice Wendell Holmes in the famous case Schenck v. United States(1919) clearly expressed his opinion that a restriction is legitimate only if it poses a real and clear present danger that relates to public interests or threat to safety.