Combating discrimination

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Countering Hate Speech Online

The spreading of hate speech online is making it increasingly difficult to secure human rights, to protect human dignity, and to maintain the democratic standards of public communication and debate.

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Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, countries of former Yugoslavia located on the Balkan migration route, face increasing hate speech online that exploit tensions and negative attitudes to minority groups. 

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How to recognize and react to hate speech in media reporting?

"Journalists in their work respect, protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms, and in particular the principle of equality of all citizens. Special responsibility is expected when reporting or commenting on the rights, needs, issues and demands of minority groups. Information on race, color, religious or national affiliation, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, any physical or mental challenges, marital status, life style, social status, property status or educational level, journalist only states if it is highly relevant in the context of the provided information. It is inadmissible to use stereotypes, pejorative expressions, degrading portrayal, as well as any other form of direct or indirect incitement to or discrimination."

Article 13 of the Code of Honor of Croatian Journalists

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How much violence was committed out of Hate in 2017?

Together with partnering civil society organizations (Human Rights House Zagreb, Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Serb National Council, GONG and Documenta - Center for Dealing with the Past), Centre for Peace Studies participated in reporting of violent incidents committed out of hatred for ODIHR's yearly report that was published today, on 16 November 2018, International Day for Tolerance, available at ODIHR's web pages.

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