Debates between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Fowler during the 2019 Parliament

Hate Crime: Misogyny

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Fowler
Monday 23rd November 2020

(3 years, 6 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Fowler Portrait The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler)
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With apologies, I think I will move on. I call the noble Baroness, Lady D’Souza.

Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D’Souza (CB) [V]
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My Lords, hate speech that results in criminal actions such as incitement to violence is to be both deplored and subject to legislation. That said, I am concerned that one of our most precious democratic freedoms—freedom of expression—might be hampered if this is widely applied to include any offensive or misogynistic speech. The distinction between unpleasant, even hateful, speech and criminal incitement is often determined by the context in which it occurs. Does the Minister agree that each hate speech incident should be considered on a case-by-case basis rather than by means of broad legal sanctions?