Journal article

Building and Sustaining Freedom of Expression Considering Sweden

Andrew T Kenyon, Eva-Maria Svensson, Maria Edstrom

NORDICOM REVIEW | DE GRUYTER POLAND SP ZOO | Published : 2017

Abstract

Although countries protect and promote freedom of expression in different ways, free speech can be understood to have two basic aspects in democratic constitutional systems: non-censorship and diversity of voices. This article examines how the approach to free speech in Sweden contains both these aspects. Selected comparisons with the US First Amendment, and German broadcasting law, indicate the value in the Swedish approach but also reveal challenges that it faces if free speech’s dual aspects are not clearly recognised a danger that some contemporary statements suggests is real. Articulating free speech in terms of both non-censorship and diversity may aid Swedish parliamentary processes t..

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