#Silencehate: European Study on Hate Speech Online

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Okt 202016

The study is the synthesis of four studies conducted in Belgium (the French-speaking part of the country), Czech Republic, Germany and Italy, about the hate speech online against migrants and minorities.

It aims at comparing the various realities pinpointing differences and commonalities, with the aim of learning something from each national experience. In order to do this, the study will consider the national contexts and the case studies analysed by the national research teams.

A special attention is given to the actions undertaken to encourage a positive and effective contrast to racist and xenophobic discourse on the web and to the opinions and suggestions given by social media managers, journalists, media editors, media activists and scholars.

The study contains the “Guidelines for community and social media managers” for the prevention and contrast of hate speech online.



The report is downloadable here

The executive summary in Italian is available here



“Hate Speech against refugees in Social Media” Recommendations for Action

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Okt 182016

Unfortunately, since social networks have become an instrument to spread xenophobia, hate, and abuse against minorities, the need to combat hatred comments online is increasing. How to recognize online hate speech especially against migrants and refugees? How to oppose to online racism? Therefore, “Hate speech against refugees in Social Media” provides an overview of “what can specifically be done if once again racist hate speech is encountered on the internet”.

Published as a part of the federal programme Demokratie Leben!, and funded by Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the brochure has been created by the no-nazi-net team, and it is addressed to anyone interested to combat racist hate speech online.

In the first paragraph of the study we can read some frequent forms of racist hate speech against refugees, such as: contrasting us versus them, generalizations and blanket attributions, projecting onto “refugees” problems involving all of society. Even sentences like “So am I to be labelled a Nazi just because I …”, or “Where is my own freedom of speech if you delete my comments?”

The study investigates different ways for countering racist hate speech, trying to answer to some fundamental questions about the issue. It focuses on how to identify xenophobe hate speech and how to manage it through self-protection and empowerment.

Click here to read the research.

Workshop on Hate Speech at DIG Festival 2016

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Jun 222016

From June 23rd to Sunday 26th at the Cinepalace in Riccione, will be held the DIG Festival 2016. During the four days of high-quality formation for journalists, speakers among the best international reporters will hold more than 20 courses to promote continuing education.

On Saturday 25th, Giovanni Maria Bellu (Carta di Roma), Alessia Giannoni (Cospe), Valerio Cataldi (TG2), Giovanni Ziccardi (University of Milano) will debate on “Hate speech: from quotation to comments, the difficult struggle against incitement to hatred”. The seminar will provide advice on how to manage hatred speeches made by politicians and public figures. In a round table, they will also focus on the best practices that online newsrooms should adopt to deal with violent and intolerant comments.


Check the full festival programme to learn more about the event!