Originally Posted by Piobaire
Agreed, and it at least seems to me, France and Germany lead the way in regards to this type of legislation. Canada's "Human Rights Tribunal" is making a name for itself these days.
I wouldn't know about who is leading the way, to be honest it is the general state of affairs to have legislation against hate speech, I think Americans basically add that it has to create immediate danger or something of the sort ("hey guys, go kill these black people over there, quick!"). Canada's HRC was criticized a couple yrs ago for something that they've since changed but maybe you're talking about something else. Right now most people complaining about free speech in the Western world are basically sad they can't say nigger or harass people online so I'm not sure it is such a pressing social issue...
I still prefer the American free speech principles in isolation but hey, once again, the distinction isn't that big in practice and the consequences it has had in your political context (legalized bribery for political campaigns and corporations free speeching their way into total power) not worth the aggravation.