Local hate speech - Participate, No Hate!

8 October, 2013
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Community Manager
October 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm
Hungary

The focus of this month is hate speech in local context. In every local community (town or village) there are specific targets of hate speech that affects the life of those in the community. The Hate Speech Watch wants to encourage users of the Internet to identify local specific hate speech that exist online connected to their local context in school,  at work or in the town/village you live in. Report these typical hate speech expression form on your local online newsportals, local websites and social media.

The Hate Speech Watch will have three specific discussion times when we organise online discussion forums debating the issue of local hate speech and their consequensies and the possible counter actions to prevent harm on local communities. The discussion forums will take place with experts and activists on:15th October at 18.00 p.m (CET)  - Title: Politicians’ responsibility in hate speech17th October at 18.00 p.m (CET) - Title: Hate speech is more than free speech19th October at 15.00 p.m.(CET) - Title: Start from your backyard. HOW TO MOBILISE ON- AND OFF-LINE?Join the discussion forums..The “European Local Democracy Week” is an annual European event where local authorities from all the 47 member states of the Council of Europe organise public events to meet and engage with their citizens on issues of current interest. The aim is to promote and foster democratic participation at a local level. In 2013 it will officially take place between 14 - 20 October and the leading theme will be “Active citizenship: voting, sharing, participating. On this occasion the No Hate Speech Movement will aim to raise awareness of the risk of hate speech, online and offline, threatening the cohesion of local communities and to mobilise support for local democracy and call for local offline and online citizenship as forms of combating hate speech in all its expressions. You can read further details about the Local Democracy Week.

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3 Comments
  • Angie Ellul
    October 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    Malta

    Malta like other countries suffers from the epidemic of 'hate speech'. However, I believe that the worst hate speech is about refugees. Lately, we have been bombarded with several issues regarding refugees who come to our shore. The majority of Maltese people are xenophobic, and angry that 'these people' are going to take our jobs; inflict their culture onto us; take our women; etc.... In fact, recently our prime minister threatened to violate a human right and a very high percentage of Maltese citizens were in favour of his decision... for further info, please continue reading the following: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/malta/10192458/EU-immigration-Malta-is-the-smallest-state-and-we-are-carrying-a-burden-that-is-much-bigger-than-any-other-country.html

  • Aileen Donegan
    October 14, 2013 at 9:19 am
    Ireland

    I believe in Ireland a lot of hate speech and intolerance is directed toward the Traveller community. Often compared with Roma people (who don't fare much better in Ireland) Travellers are continually discriminated against and viewed negatively.
    One example, In the following link, is of an Irish local/national politician acquitted of charges relating to hate speech against travellers: http://www.errc.org/article/anti-traveller-discrimination-and-hate-speech-on-trial-in-ireland/562

  • Angie Ellul
    October 12, 2013 at 10:21 am
    Malta

    Malta like other countries suffers from the epidemic of 'hate speech'. However, I believe that the worst hate speech is on refugees. Lately, we have been bombarded with several issues regarding refugees who come at our shore. The majority of Maltese people are xenophobic, and angry that 'these people' are going to take our jobs, inflict their culture, women, etc.... In fact, recently our prime minister threatened to violate a human right and a very high percentage of Maltese citizens were in favour for his decision... for further info, please continue reading the following: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/malta/10192458/EU-immigration-Malta-is-the-smallest-state-and-we-are-carrying-a-burden-that-is-much-bigger-than-any-other-country.html

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