Publication
Title
Martyrs for free speech? Disentangling the effects of legal prosecution of anti-immigration politicians on their electoral support
Author
Abstract
Several anti-immigration politicians in Europe have been prosecuted for hate speech; some of these trials were highly mediatized. To what extent, and how, does hate speech prosecution of anti-immigration politicians affect voting for their party? We address this question by an experiment (N = 372) using manipulated versions of a television news story about a politician of the Dutch Party Forum for Democracy (FvD). We go beyond prior studies by disentangling the mechanisms driving the electoral ramifications of hate speech prosecution, assessing the moderating role of multiculturalist attitudes separately and in combination with six mediators (anti-establishment attitudes, issue salience immigration, perceived party's effectiveness and legitimacy, support for free speech, and perceived party visibility). Among voters who are positive toward multiculturalism, exposure to a news story about prosecution boosts support for free speech and perceived visibility and support for the FvD. Both aspects are positively related to voting for FvD. This improves our understanding of the mechanisms of hate speech prosecution, informing public debates of how to react to controversial speech by politicians.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Political behavior. - New York
Political Behavior
Publication
New york : Springer/plenum publishers , 2021
ISSN
0190-9320
DOI
10.1007/S11109-019-09581-6
Volume/pages
43 :3 (2021) , p. 973-996
ISI
000494366600001
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
Publication type
Subject
Law 
External links
Web of Science
Record
Identifier
Creation 12.03.2024
Last edited 13.03.2024
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