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    Danish journalist and writer Flemming Rose during the second session, New Media: Guaranteeing Freedom of Information, held as part of the New Era of Journalism: Farewell to Mainstream international media forum at the Rossiya Segodnya International Multimedia Press Center

    Incitement to Violence Only Free Speech Restriction in Democratic State

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    The incitement to violence should be the only restriction on a free speech in a democratic society, a prominent Danish journalist said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Citing bans on Holocaust denial in European countries, Flemming Rose stressed that liberal democracy should not "criminalize opinions no matter how outrageous and stupid" they were.

    "The key limitations to free speech in a democracy should be incitement to violence <…> Incitement to violence and protection of privacy, those are to me the two foundational pillars when it comes to necessary limitations on speech in a democracy," Rose said on the sidelines of the New Era of Journalism: Farewell to Mainstream forum hosted by Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

    Rose is best known for commissioning to publish satirical cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in Jyllands-Posten, a Danish daily newspaper, in September 2005.


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