It is important to view the phenomenon of hate speech from a human rights perspective because hate speech touches upon the very core of our democracy: freedom of expression. Having said that, freedom of expression is not an absolute, and thus we are faced with a human rights dilemma. While freedom of expression should be respected, marginalised groups should be protected against acts motivated by hate, discrimination and racism.
The objective of the study by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
is to gain insight into how often hate speech appears in connection with news dissemination and debate.