Examining the cartoon controversy which ignited violent protests and ban in various coutnries, this article examines the contours of "hate speech" in various legal systems. While broadly supporting the case of free speech the authors remind users of free speech to exercise self-restraint. Absolute bans should not be made, but time, person and place constraints may be essential. Ironically, the toon controversy also reveals the solence of the sympathetic majority. Similarly, there is a duty to speak. Even though not enforceable, it remains a duty to democracy

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Rajeev Dhavan and Aparna Ray, 'Hate Speech Revisited: The "Toon" Controversy' (2006) 2(1) 9.

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