October 2013 - Delegitimising hate and stigmatising discourses

Hate speech is not protected speech

Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, writes that fighting hate speech is a "necessity" and points out the links between hate speech and action. In this article, he also discusses the legal means to address hate speech and considers the interaction between freedom of expression and and the right to be free from discrimination.

Hate on the internet: The new frontier in the war on racism

In light of the growing presence of Neo-Nazis in social media sites, this article explores efforts in Germany to combat racism on the internet.

Anti-racist advocacy and the challenge of strategic language use

David Boromisza-Habashi shows how accusations of hate speech are easily denied and reversed, and discusses two schools of thought on why identifying racist expression or accusing particular speakers of hate speech often prove to be unproductive. Moreover, the author considers more effective alternatives for fighting hate speech.

Media and journalists focus on ethics to combat hate speech

Aidan White looks at the many challenges journalists and media face in a political climate marked by rising hatred and extremism. Underscoring the need for accurate and truthful reporting, he analyses the media coverage of "Innocence of Muslims" and reflects on the role of the Ethical Journalism Network.

LIGHT ON - Cross-community actions for combating the modern symbolism and languages of racism and discrimination

One of the outcomes of a series of regional workshops of ENAR members on a new narrative for ENAR, which have been conducted between 2008 and 2010, showed that racists do no rely on rational arguments, but use symbols to communicate their ideology. The following article is now the first of a series of articles, introducing the project LIGHT ON, which tackles the problem of symbolism of racism in Europe”. (Andreas Hieronymus, Board member of ENAR)