The dark side of Internet – workshop “No Hate Speech”

As part of the long non-formal educational pathway of the European project “Peacebuilding framework competence in youth work and NFE in Europe”, last 12th of September, at Casa del Mar I organized a workshop about hate speech, cyberbullying and how to deal with them.

As for the previous follow-up activity of this one year project: the workshop “Break your stereotypes!”, the group of participants was young, intercultural and international.

The workshop started with a brief introduction of “No Hate Speech Movement”, hate speech (causes and the target groups), and cyberbullying and some possible action against them. Then we watched a video with the definition of hate speech by the Council of Europe, which is  “all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance, including: intolerance expressed by aggressive nationalism and ethnocentrism, discrimination and hostility against minorities, migrants and people of immigrant origin”.

Then, the group participated in the activity “Saying it worst”, commenting some offensive Facebook comments about migrants and refugees, to see how difficult it is sometimes to classify hate speech and understand the difference between comments that are hate speech or just opinions, part of the workshop where participants were more active.   

The workshop ended with a positive group evaluation and with a lot of questions about the limits of freedom of expression and hate speech.

Roberta