Where lies live: freedom of expression and information in times of hate and hyperinformation

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Verónica Yazmín García Morales, profesora de Derecho Administrativo, Universidad de Barcelona

Lying may be a human privilege but it has limits; so do freedom of expression and information. What those limits are, how they are defined, their purposes and the extent to which it is legitimate to restrict these freedoms are questions that democracies must answer. Truth’s fragility is the product not only of lies, but of the impossibility of its knowledge. The progressive democratisation of knowledge, not only of information, is therefore one of the ways to detect lies. From the perspective of the Spanish constitution (SC) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), this paper analyses whether lying, as the exercise of freedom of expression and information, has a legitimate place in public debate in a democratic system. 

Keywords: freedom of expression, hate speech, freedom of information, truthfulness, democracy, Spanish Constitution, Council of Europe 

DOI: doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2020.124.1.25

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How to cite this article: García Morales, Verónica Yazmín. «Donde habitan las mentiras: libertades de expresión e información en tiempos de odio e hiperinformación». Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, n.º 124 (abril de 2020), p. 25-47. DOI: doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2020.124.1.25