Religious Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Spain

in Religion & Human Rights
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This article deals with the conflicts produced in the Spanish legal system between the exercise of religious freedom and freedom of expression, focusing on those cases in which certain expressions have been considered offensive to religious feelings and on those where the religious discourse has been considered contrary to public order. The Spanish case-law shows the difficulties in protecting the religious feelings by means of criminal law.

Religious Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Spain

in Religion & Human Rights




European Court of Human RightsHandyside v. United Kingdom Application No. 5493/72 7 December 1976 at para. 49.


See S. Lagoutte‘The Cartoon Controversy in Context: Analyzing the Decision not to Prosecute under Danish Law’Brooklyn Journal of International Law (2008) p. 381 et seq.; Z. Combalía ‘Libertad de expresión y difamación de las religiones: el debate en Naciones Unidas a propósito de las caricaturas de Mahoma’ 19 Revista General de Derecho Canónico y Eclesiástico del Estado (2009).

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