UNAOC announces today the organization of a symposium on December 2 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York entitled, “Tracking Hatred: An International Dialogue on Hate Speech in the Media.” During the one-day symposium, participants and guests will examine the different measures that have been taken globally to curb hate speech in the media. They will also explore 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.
In keeping with its mission to promote dialogue between cultures, civilizations, faiths, and peoples, UNAOC is organizing this symposium to create a platform for constructive dialogue on hate speech and the sharing of best practices. “As we continue to promote social inclusion as a fundamental principle in the treatment of minorities, the role of hate speech in preventing this inclusion must be addressed,” said H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for UNAOC.
Particular emphasis will be placed on engaging the global media space and journalists, particularly those who are well positioned to report, comment on, and investigate xenophobia, hate speech, violent extremism and prejudice. Other participants will include representatives of online social networking services, government officials, academics, representatives of United Nations entities and NGOs. UNAOC also invites the general public to participate in this conversation by sharing comments and questions on #SpreadNoHate in preparation for December 02.
The symposium is the first part of a new UNAOC initiative focusing on hate speech in the media. The cycle consists of (1) a series of one-day symposia to take place in various international locations, (2) a strategic media campaign to disseminate and share key messages, and (3) a final report with concrete recommendations.