January 2015 - Racist speech and the impact of incitement to hatred

Upholding the social norms and values that underpin the principles of the open society: The role of Europe’s mainstream political leaders

The Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks have brought to light the debate on the appropriate balance between free speech and non-discrimination in Europe. The current political climate and reaction to the attacks has created space for legitimising discriminatory policies by using apparently non-prejudiced arguments. Nadja Groot reflects on how language used by political leaders shapes the social norms and values protecting an open society in Europe.

Hate speech and anti-Roma violence in the Czech Republic

The recent waves of violent anti-Roma demonstrations and riots in the Czech Republic are rooted in the Roma population’s long history of violence, marginalisation and exclusion. Miroslav Brož traces the history of Roma’s stigmatisation, from the sixteenth century decree that declared legal the killing of Roma to the latest trends of Roma holocaust denial, providing examples of the use of racist speech targeting the Roma in political discourses and bringing to light its manifestations.

Islamophobic hate speech and impacts on violent incidents

19 February 2015 - Beheading, Rotherham, Paki, ISIS, terrorist, pigs, mosques, UKIP: anti-muslim online hate speech spreads through specific key words. Faith Matters gives insights from eye-opening field research by the Tell MAMA project on the consequences of this online hate speech. It points to evidence of the relation between online hate speech and anti-Muslim violent acts, but it also becomes clear that the language of anti-Muslim hate shifts and changes rapidly according to the nature of issues affecting Muslim communities.

#NoHateEP2014: tackling hate speech in the 2014 European Parliament election

17 February 2015 - ENAR and the European region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) launched a common mobilisation campaign for the 2014 European Elections. The #NoHateEP2014 campaign aimed to monitor hate speech and push political parties to act against such incidents during the election campaign, as well as initiate joint actions between anti-racist and LGBT activists at local level. This article brings to light the lessons learned from this campaign and future actions.

Post-Hebdo Europe must respect international human rights law when it comes to freedom of expression

13 February 2015 - Are you Charlie or aren’t you? The Paris terror attacks have put the debate on freedom of expression into the spotlight. However, an accurate understanding of universal human rights standards on freedom of expression has been lost in the din of reaction and counter reactions. In this context, Andrew Smith reflects on what the right to freedom of expression entails and why its protection is fundamental to guarantee equality and prevent threats to national security and public order, whilst tackling the most serious forms of intolerance and hatred.

Racist speech and the impact of incitement to hatred

This webzine edition focuses on racist speech, as well as the potential impact of incitement to hatred on acts of racist violence.