Prof Clive Walker speaks about ‘Terrorism speech and militant democracy’ in Budapest
Clive Walker presented a paper on' Terrorism speech and militant democracy' at the International Conference Media Freedom and Regulation in the New Media World, Budapest, 24 April 2015.
The conference was attended by around 250 delegates and was held on behalf of the Institute for Media Studies (Media Council of Hungary), the Media Studies Research Group (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and the National Media and Infocommunications Authority of Hungary.
When faced with terrorism, the state should be ‘militant’ but, state action must recognise that terrorism often represents endemic reactions to modernity and late modernity. The ‘smart militant state’ must therefore work out forms of militant reaction which become more or less permanent and which must adopt forms which can be accommodated within fundamental values rather than displacing them even during a temporary period of ‘emergency’. Having thus set the scene for action by a ‘smart militant democracy’, it is intended in this paper to consider the performance by the United Kingdom state in the context of a classical dilemma facing a militant democracy. That context is the appropriate response to militant speech—speech which in some ways encourages extremist political violence but which is delivered in a mode which avoids participation in violence or even the traditional inchoate crimes of incitement or solicitation. Just two responsive state measures of militancy will be selected for discussion in this paper. Both were enacted by the Terrorism Act 2006, and both relate to indirect incitement and glorification of terrorism.
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An earlier version of his paper was published in the book, Media Freedom and Regulation in the New Media World, (Kluwer, Budapest, 2014).