#SpreadNoHate: A Global Dialogue on Hate Speech in the Media
The media play a crucial role in the public’s perceptions of migrant populations and their integration by providing reporting and analysis that are objective, well researched and accurate. However, both deliberate and unintentional negative portrayals of immigrants and minority groups are often found in the media, thus negatively impacting people’s views of these communities. In this context, creative measures are needed.
In 2015, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) launched the #SpreadNoHate initiative, a platform engaging global media in a dialogue on hate speech and the sharing of best practices to combat it.
United Nations headquarters, New York (December 2015)
UNAOC launched the #SpreadNoHate initiative on December 2 2015 with a one-day symposium at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Participants examined the different measures that have been taken globally to counter Hate Speech, and discussed their limitations. They also explored the reasons why Hate Speech remains a pervasive element that contributes to violent extremism, and the link between Hate Speech and the treatment of migrants.
7th UNAOC Global Forum, Baku, Azerbaijan (April 2016)
The second #SpreadNoHate discussion took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, during the 7th UNOAC Global Forum, April 25-27 2016. During this second phase, speakers spoke at length about the role of media literacy and online human-rights education in countering Hate Speech. They argued that teaching users – especially younger generations – to develop inclusive dialogue online and appropriate tools to react to hateful content are crucial in the combat against Hate Speech.
UNAOC is in the planning phase of subsequent #SpreadNoHate symposia. The next one will take place in the margins of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2016.
STRATEGIC MEDIA CAMPAIGN & RECOMMENDATIONS
The UNAOC Hate Speech initiative also consists of a social media campaign (#SpreadNoHate) that has already reached millions of people online globally. In addition, at the conclusion of the cycle of Hate Speech symposia, UNAOC will publish a full report comprising a concrete set of recommendations. The report will be made available for download on the UNAOC website and on the websites of partner organizations, in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. The Alliance will also share the report with its international network of media organizations, journalists, government officials and institutions of higher education across the globe. Finally, the report will serve as a foundation for subsequent UNAOC initiatives in the area of media and migration.
The UNAOC Hate Speech initiative will benefit journalists of all nationalities, advocates, policy-makers and the general public by providing them with a more complete and nuanced understanding of the topic of hate speech and with concrete measures to combat it. It will also contribute to a richer public debate and better media coverage of sensitive issues related to minorities globally.
UNAOC Calls for Hate Speech Crackdown in Baku, Azerbaijan
UNAOC Kicks Off the First of a Series of Symposia on the Hate Speech Initiative – 2 December 2015, UNHQ New York
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