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Let them eat (their own) cake: insulting the crown and freedom of expression

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dc.contributor.author De Naeyer, Babette
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-08T11:50:56Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-08T11:50:56Z
dc.date.issued 2022-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/54760
dc.description Treball de Fi de Màster: Master in European and Global Law. Curs 2021-2022
dc.description Tutor: Victor Ferreres Comella
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines whether the crime of insulting the crown is a proportional limitation to freedom of expression. The thesis is divided into two main chapters: a legal or normative approach to the problem, and a more pragmatic or political one. To contextualise the use of this crime, the red lining through the thesis are the convictions of two Catalan rappers, Valtònyc and Pablo Hasél. After explaining the constitutive elements of the crimes in the two relevant legal regimes (i.e., Spain and Belgium), the principle of freedom of expression gets briefly explained. According to the criteria set out by the ECtHR, is this protection of the monarch(y) a proportionate limitation to Article 10 ECHR? No: special crimes giving the king more protection than ordinary citizens are not in spirit of the Convention. In the second part, five different political reasons why the monarchy maybe deserves less protection than ordinary citizens are explained: the chilling effect, the monarch compared to politicians, the vagueness of context, the unwanted effects of convicting and – very specific to the Spanish case – the appearance of discrimination. Taking both the legal and pragmatic objections into account I conclude that the prosecution of this crime causes more harm than good. It is, literally, no vale la pena.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
dc.subject.other Treball de fi de màster – Curs 2021-2022
dc.subject.other Llibertat d'expressió (Espanya)
dc.subject.other Llibertat d'expressió (Bèlgica)
dc.title Let them eat (their own) cake: insulting the crown and freedom of expression
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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