Country Specifics of a Universal Right?

Max Steuer
2014 Politikon (Bucure?ti)  
This paper tests the assumption of a universal right to freedom of speech in the context of the Slovak Republic, a Central European country still facing the legacies of suppression of freedom of speech during the communist regime, in order to find out whether the conception of free speech understood as European is used in Slovakia as well. Firstly, it examines key theories of freedom of speech both in the Anglo-American and Central European scholarship with emphasis on the reflections of
more » ... flections of 'Western' ideas in post-communist philosophical, legal and political thought. Secondly, it utilizes simple statistical methods to analyse the outcomes of judicial decision-making concerning issues of political speech in Slovakia according to the incidence of theoretical justifications of freedom of speech. The results indicate that the Slovak (and as some indicators show, also Central European) approach to freedom of speech differs from the one viewed as 'European' in some respects.
doi:10.22151/politikon.25.4 fatcat:ago3t6x7rfat7ik4xlx6gofcvy