One of the most important things we can do is to discuss this attack on free speech with our friends and family. Many may not know what the government is planning to introduce, how it affects them and why is it so important to stop hate speech laws. Our constitution affords us the right to freedom of expression. Our current laws are sufficient and do not need amending to stop real hate speech or hate crimes, this is a blatant attack on our freedoms to stifle free speech of the Irish people.
Discuss with Friends and Family
6 1° The State guarantees liberty for the exercise of the following rights, subject to public order and morality: –
i The right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and opinions.
The education of public opinion being, however, a matter of such grave import to the common good, the State shall endeavour to ensure that organs of public opinion, such as the radio, the press, the cinema, while preserving their rightful liberty of expression, including criticism of Government policy, shall not be used to undermine public order or morality or the authority of the State.
The publication or utterance of seditious or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.