30 October, 2013

Newsletter n°8, October, 2013

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Category: Campaign Newsletter
Luigi Ausino
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Campaign Update: NHSM European Campaign Conference 7 – 9 november



We have collected the most important news of October 2013!


Our upcoming European Campaign Conference is happening very soon! On 7-9 November we will be meeting and greeting all national campaign coordinators, social media experts, young people and activists working on the campaign to learn and coordinate for 2014. For more information contact youth.nohatespeech@coe.int

Seminar for Bloggers and Activists will take place on 4-6 November, before the major European conference, with participants arriving at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg the night before. For this event we have invited active participants of our movement to convene on how the year has gone so far and how to mobilise others to join the movement. The workshops will facilitate discussion and action on the NHSM social media strategy and online presence, and the evaluation of the campaign.

If you can’t make these events keep up with our Facebook page and Twitter account to get all the news! We will also be live streaming the major event, more information on this in our upcoming European Action Day newsletter in November.

High Level Conference took place in Yerevan 21-22 October to combat racism, xenophobia and intolerance in Europe. The session ‘Combating hate speech and racial stereotypes on the social networks and media’ specifically focused on hate speech online. The forum acted for open and inclusive dialogue to address contemporary forms of intolerance. Invited state representatives, independent experts, representatives of international organisations had the opportunity to reflect on proposed topics.

The Yerevan conference concluded that: it is important to address the root causes of hate speech and hate speech online; Human rights education plays a central role in combating and preventing hate speech; Media education and Internet literacy must be included in education programmes and curricula for human citizenship and human rights education.


We asked for your help in raising awareness of European Local Democracy Week in our last newsletter and you faithfully took part in many of our online and offline actions. We set up three debates and discussions on our Join the Discussion forum and received 30 – 40 comments on each discussion.

Andrej Bencel, National Coordinator of Slovakia’s No Hate Speech Movement spoke to us about taking action at local level for the EAW. You can watch his video and read his article on our Campaign in Action blog.

Our next European Action Day takes place on 9 November. We are raising awareness of International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism. More information on the actions you can take for the Action Day will follow.


Earlier this month national coordinators were invited to attend the Campaign Workshop for National Coordinators in Brussels. The purpose of the meeting was to meet new coordinators and discuss the national campaign state-of-play in each country. Workgroups on advocacy, educational activities, offline activities and European Action Days were created.

Some coordinators presented their planned projects and future activities: In Romania, a 20-page education manual has been created. They have also trained 12 teachers for the project. The Icelandic campaign created educational modules on online safety. Some online quizzes and Children’s Rights books are available. In the Czech Republic, a 50-page book for bloggers has been developed, which acts as an educational guideline to the bloggers. In Hungary, training for teachers and parents is planned.

The NHSM welcomes new coordinators to the campaign, specifically Branka Malesevic from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lumila Griu from Moldova.


This month we have been working hard to get the Campaign in Action blog up and running. If you want to write for us email the team at action@nohatespeechmovement.org. What do you think of the depiction of the Roma community since the ‘Maria’ story broke last month? Why have you joined the No Hate Speech Movement? What do you want to change? The team will take it all so get in touch!

The European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) proved that talking about various hate speech related issues works. So why stop now? Join the Discussion and get involved. If there’s something specific you want to talk about create a new topic thread and see who responds to it. Join the Discussion!

We received a number of ELDW-related reports on our Hate Speech Watch online too. Keep sending us in your hate speech reports. If you are unsure whether something online is hate speech or not send it to us anyway and we will validate it!


‘Serbian logo and team from Damir Uvalin.’

‘Daniela Prisacariu sends us her group shot.’

‘Kancelarija Za Mlade Kikinda shares a lovely message with us.’

‘Emilija Andonova puts the spotlight on the Movement.’

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