European synthesis on the experimentation of training modules combating hate speech and discriminations

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Nov 102016

The European project BRICkS– Building Respect on the Internet by Combating Hate Speech – aims to combat the spread of online hate speech against migrants and minorities through media literacy and active involvement of web users and web content producers. In this framework, four media education modules -one in each country involved in the project (Italy, Belgium, Germany and Czech Republic)- were designed to raise awareness about fighting online discriminations and hate speech. These training modules were implemented in schools and youth centers between September 2015 and November 2016.

This report provides a synthesis about the design and the experimentation process of these training modules in each national context. It has been elaborated thanks to the materials produced and also collected by each national team: modules description, logbooks from trainers or teachers, quantitative data, examples of students’ productions and finally, some pictures from the workshops.  Continue reading »

Caricatures against hate speech – 3e participatory workshop

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Aug 302016

This Monday 29th of August, a third participatory workshop gathered about 15 participants, teachers and youth educators, in Belgium around the topic of caricatures, discriminations and hate speech. The goal of this participatory workshop was to collect feedbacks about the pedagogical tool “Draw me the freedom of speech” elaborated by Media Animation team in the framework of Bricks project.

Educational activities and discussions around the challenges of this topic in school and youth environment were the main content of this whole day. The main challenge identified is around the Freedom of speech as a right and out of censorship. It seems that many young people are more willing to condemn the right of freedom of speech when it’s in confrontation with their values.  Teachers express the  difficulty of leading a debate about this freedom of speech precisely.





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Hate Speech Symposium in Cologne

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Jul 132016

DSC_0466 Hate speech is defined as speech that discriminates others due to their race, skin-color, sex or sexual orientation. At least that is how Johannes Baldauf, from the Amadeu Antonio Foundation describes it. He was one of many specialists who gathered to talk about the increasing phenomena at the symposium “Hate Speech- Hate on the Internet” organized by AJS-NRW, LVR, two german instituts that deal with media and their impact on children, and the Media Authority of North Rhine- Westphalia (LfM) on the first of July.

DSC_0443But how can one defend and prevent hate speech? And how should one who is confronted with it react to it? – Just a few of the questions discussed at the symposium which we, also joined. We were able to present the project to the highly interested audience by talking about methods of teaching children and youngsters how to handle cyber bulling or other forms of hate speech on the world wide web. Since the audience consisted out of a lot of teachers and social workers they followed our presentation with great interest and also asked for further information afterwards.

We were not only able to promote the project but also to clarify the importance of “building respect on the internet by combating hate speech”. Standing up, showing courage and defending others from hate speech is something we all need to learn because virtual reality can become actuality really fast.

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Conference About Extremism without Extremism, Slovakia

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Jun 272016

_13A0660Iuventa, Slovak Youth Institute managed by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic has organized from 16th till 17th June Conference About extremism without Extremism, at which were introduced experts from Slovakia and abroad. Main speaker was German psychologist and a world expert on violent extremism and methods of preventing and deradicalization, Harald Weilnböck. Besides his lecture and panel debate of experts there was at the Conference also space for professional workshops for participants. One of the topics which was presented was the phenomenon of hate speech. Through activities of experiential learning trainers from Multicultural Center of Prague have presented how to teach about hate speech high schools students. They have presented to all participants hate speech lecture guide prepared for teachers and youth educators.

You can check pictures from the conference here

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21st March – #SilenceHate Campain in Belgium

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Apr 112016

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On March 21st, as part of the Week of Action against RacismMedia Animation (Belgian partner of BRICkS project) in collaboration with the MRAX (Movement against Racism, Anti-Semitism and xenophobia), organized a workshop-debate on the issues of the caricature and freedom of speech in the fight against discrimination.  Continue reading »


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Mrz 302016

Within the international campaign „Silence hate! Changing words changes the World”, Multicultural Centre Prague produced a video named „#HodnejKluk (#GoodGuy)” and organized a guided walk through Prague, with the purpose to highlight the importance of building respect on internet and in everyday life.



The aim of walk named „Racially motivated murders during the Czech post social era“ was to inform public about a wave of racially motivated violence that Czech part of Czechoslovakia and the later Czech Republic experienced between 1990 and 2000. Although these crimes largely coincided with racist skinhead subculture, many of these crimes could take place only because of the prevailing moods in the society and more or less tacit approval on the side of “non-subcultural” majority.

Created a guided by: ONDŘEJ DANIEL co-founder of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture


THE VIDEO #HodnejKluk (#GoodGuy)

Are you irritated by hateful comments of your facebook friends? Do vulgar statements on Twitter irritate you? Or in contrary are you the one who likes to curse ones in a while? Look how it ends if somebody let’s poison his mind by hate and anger…

Created by: SIGNAL GENERATOR (Czech Republic)



Posted by: Andrea Svobodová


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#SilenceHate – The European Campaign against online hate speech

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Mrz 182016

Bricks-SilenceHateWith the slogan “Silence hate – Changing words changes the world” and the hashtag #silencehate, the European campaign against online hate speech will take-off on 21st March, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Even though there is no systematic monitoring of this phenomenon at European level, almost all national and international experts and scholars agree that social media, websites and social networks have become fertile grounds for spreading xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitic and racist discourses.

The goal of this web-based campaign is to draw attention to the need to prevent diffusion of hatred on the Internet and promote a better use of the web: a common effort which should involve newspapers, web users and social network managers, beginning from such fundamental elements as freedom and participation which characterize the web.

The ‘Silence hate’ initiative is promoted in four European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and Italy) in the framework of the European project “BRICkS” – Building Respect on the Internet by Combating hate Speech”, aimed at combating and preventing racism and discrimination on the Internet. The launch of the ‘Silence hate’ campaign will also include the presentation of the studies on hate speech, journalism and migration conducted in the four countries.


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Train the trainers

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Mrz 102016

The train the traDSC_3451iners for Czech participants took place in the Centre of Ecological Activities Sluňákov near Olomouc, from February 5th to February 7th, 2016. On the first day, the 28 trainers went through the different definitions of hate speech, dangerous speech in relation to the Czech context, and learnt more about how to deal with conflicts in the classroom. On the second day, the trainers lead the workshops on their own with facilitated feedback, the evening was spent together with a movie projection In the Wild North, followed by a  discussion with a representative of one of the minorities that is a target of hate speech. The last day was closed by logistical information, our next steps and by a debate with another representative of another minority.



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Facebook Hate Speech: Counter Measures

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Feb 182016

During the refugee crisis Facebook has been very helpful, these past few weeks and months, in coordinating donations, finding helpers or reuniting people. At the same time, the platform has become a tool to spread hate, xenophobia and rage. Everything from insults to death threats was and can be found there and the term hate speech is known to practically everyone. The comment section is avoided by everyone who observes this development with caution and worry, or turned off by editorial staff entirely. Even German politicians have acknowledged the extent of the matter and the changes that are happening. Continue reading »

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Training for teachers and educators on the tool “Draw me the freedom of speech » – Brussels – January 2016

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Feb 092016

The European project BRICKS aims to combat the spread of hate speech against migrants and minorities through media education and active involvement of users and producers of content on the web. Instead of focusing only on the potential negative consequences of youth uses of the Internet, the goal is to explore the opportunities for an intercultural dialogue on the web. In this context, Media Animation, Belgian partner of the project, organized a training for teachers, educators and animators working in various sectors (socio-cultural, youth …) on the theme of freedom of speech and caricatures to fight against hate speech. Continue reading »