13 October, 2013

Share Your Opinion! Join the debates on the threat of hate speech

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Category: European Action Day
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During the European Local Democracy Week of the Council of Europe the online activists of the No Hate Speech Movement are organising three Online Debates in connection to local democracy and hate speech. You can read the introduction to each of the three forums.

Tuesday 15 October 18:00-20:00 (CET)
Title: Politicians’ responsibility in hate speech
Moderators:  Ian Mc Gahon (Ireland), Balint Josa (Hungary)
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If local politicians are elected by the people then they can say whatever they want. They represent the people and if the people are racist then they must represent these racist views. Do you think this is the case? Should local politicians really be able to say what they want? Do they have no responsibility? Should they just represent hatred or they are to educate their own voters?
We will use some examples of hate speech by politicians from Ireland, UK, and Hungary but we invite all participants to bring their own incicents as well.
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If you are interested join this online debate and express your opinion!

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Thursday 17 October 18:00-20:00 (CET)
Title: Hate speech is more than free speech
Moderators:  Neringa Tumenaite (Lithuania), Gubaz Koberidze (Georgia)
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A right to express one’s mind is an essential human right on the basis of Free Speech, which we all cherish and value. Public debates, regardless of the sensitivity of the topic, have been a vital driving force behind the process of democratisation, and helped Free Speech to establish itself as an important aspect of public realm. However, there has been a seemingly blurrying line between the words used to initiate discussion and the ones used to incite hatred. The phenomenon of mobilising the crowd for violent action by expressing open hostility towards targeted groups has been widely exploited by people in positions to be heard. Our discussion will focus on two cases: Georgian Orthodox priests in the middle of demonstartion explaining about the sinister ways of the gays to an angry mob and English Defence League using social media to voice the opinion why islam has no place in Great Britain.
Are these examples of exercising Free Speech or inciting hatred: how to recognise the difference and what can be done about it? You can also bring your own examples into the debate.
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If you are interested join this online debateand express your opinion!

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Saturday 19 October 15:00-17:00 (CET)
Title: Start from your backyard
Moderators:  Rafaela Camasa (Cyprus), Steven Lockhart (UK)
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HOW TO MOBILISE ON- AND OFF-LINE?  If we utilise the tools we have we can maximise our impact. The question is: how can we best do this? Do you know what çapuling is? Have you been threatened with rape for expressing your opinion? Are you familiar with mini campaigning? These questions and millions more relate to organising the fight against hate speech. In this debate we’re talking in an open, online space about linking online and offline mobilisation to fight hate speech at the local level. We’re inviting you because many of you are campaigners with vested interests in effectively getting people involved! However, whether you have experience, want to share your thoughts or just observe the discussion – join us!
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If you are interested join this online debate and express your opinion!
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Based on the most important points and conclusions of the three online public debates the activists will make a summary paper that will be publish on this site after the European Local Democracy Week.

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