Limits to Freedom of Speech in the Republic of Latvia During the Parliamentary Period (1918–1934) [PDF]

Dr. iur. Elīna Grigore-Bāra
Faculty of Law, University of Latvia
Docent, Department of Theory and History of Law

The article is dedicated to the analysis of one element of the constitutional identity of the Latvian State – freedom of speech – during the initial democratic period in the State’s existence. The author analyses the rules on the protection of honour and supervision of the press as limits to freedom of speech. It is concluded in the article that the boundaries between one person’s freedom of speech and another person’s honour in the Republic of Latvia changed little compared to the previous period in the history of law and that honour as a legal benefit was prized more highly. The framework of freedom of the press, in turn, was constantly expanded. However, the creation of the lists of prohibited books and third-rate and obscene literature proves that the State did not rely on individuals exercising freedom of speech properly. Paternalistic treatment of its citizens was not unknown to the new democratic republic.

Keywords: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, legal protection of honour, constitutional law, penal law.

pp. 241–261

Juridiskā zinātne / Law, No. 14, 2021

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