Banning the promoters of online hate speech and preventing broadcast thereof are not only acts of civic responsibility. For journalists, this is the fulfilment of a basic duty: providing readers, viewers and listeners with real facts.
These words are the incipit of #nohatespeech campaign, launched by Associazione Carta di Roma, with the support of the European Federation of Journalists, Articolo 21, the National Federation of the Italian Press (FNSI), the Italian Order of Journalists and the Journalists’ Union RAI (USIGRai).
On Sept. 2, 2015, social media managers, journalists and educational experts met in the Grimme Institute to exchange experiences on hate speech. They discussed the problems posed by discriminating and degrading hate comments on the Internet and possible (preventive) measures against this phenomenon. “When we started the project last November, we would never have thought that our topic was so up-to-date”, said Aycha Riffi, one of the heads of project of the German BRICkS section. The current debates about the refugees’ admission to Germany caused some extremely abusive comments following newspaper and social media articles.
The second BRICkS meeting brought together Social Media Managers (SMMs) from the different partner countries.
Every partner was asked to invite three professional SMMs to the conference organised by the Belgian partner Média Animation. Over the course of two days the participants presented their own experiences and problem-oriented solutions and discussed possible structures of online discussions and moderation practices.
The SMMs were informed on how companies in other countries handle their problems with hate-speech and exchanged ideas and best-practice models. Parallel to the SMM meeting, the BriCkS team members held their 2nd administrative meeting and settled on a detailed timetable and the next milestones.
The Social Media Managers were asked to agree to a short video interview where they talk about the topic of hate speech.
You will find these interviews on our Youtube channel soon.
On January 15th, 2015, the united BRICkS team met for the very first time.
People from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Spain gathered in Sevilla to discuss strategies to successfully combat hate speech on the internet.
This meeting was a classic kick-off event where the entire project was planned step by step. From website to workshops, from interviews to communication strategy – everything was part of these talks. Future work and results will be published on this website.