23 May, 2014

Reporting hate speech in the #EP2014 campaign

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Category: European elections, far-right, Parliamentary Elections, Political campaign, Political hate speech
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In March, ILGA-Europe and ENAR launched an Appeal for an election campaign free from discrimination and intolerance, urging European parties to condemn discriminatory or intolerant remarks during the European Parliament election campaign. An online form was launched, enabling the public to report discriminatory or intolerant incidents during the campaign. This report compiles submissions received so far.

Summary of report by 21 May 2014

Out of 30 reported hate speech incidents against minorities, two thirds (21 reports) have involves implicit incitement to hatred, prejudice or discrimination, which is turning out to be the most frequent form of hate speech in this campaign.

Candidates and other politicians have most frequently attacked migrants, foreigners and asylum-seekers (over 5 in 10 times), LGBTI people (3 in 10), but also Muslims (almost 2 in 10). One incident in Hungary (p. 5) targeted both LGBTI people and migrants, and one in Sweden implicitly targeted Roma people (p. 12).

Finally, hate speech appears to remain privy to far-right parties: in two thirds of incidents (19 reports), parties without any European affiliation were at fault. When including all far-right European parties (the European Alliance for Freedom, the Alliance of European National Govements, and the Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy), the total rises to almost 85% of incidents (25 reports). One report involves an observer member of the PES (p. 6), and two involve full member parties of the EPP (pp. 8 and 12, see also p. 11).

The project will continue monitoring incidences of hate speech in the context of the campaign, and publish further updates, including possible new reactions by political parties.

Insight to statistics:

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You can download the full report with the details here.


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