Countering Hate Speech - Video lectures

This lecture series is presented by academics and practitioners and complemented by views of the public. Prior to your online group meeting each week, participants are expected to watch the week’s videos and then respond to at least one lecture with a comment, observation or question.  SUBMIT HERE >>>

Video lecture comments should be 1-2 paragraphs in length. Your response shouldn’t be a summary, but instead should demonstrate you grappling with the concepts, questions, and implications in the lecture. Feel free to include questions of your own that you would like to discuss further with your group

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*Please note that the views presented in the video lectures are those of the individual speakers and do not represent those of Sharing Perspectives Foundation.


A weekly breakdown of topics


Week 1 – Setting the Scene
In the first week, you will be introduced to the concept of hate speech and how it is defined by various European human rights organizations such as the ‘Council of Europe’ or the ‘European Commission against Racism’. Additionally, you will take a look at the various forms of hate speech and how hate speech is being packed for a wider public using mixed-media channels.


Week 2 – Impact and Consequences of Hate Speech
What comes to your mind when you hear the term ‘hate speech’? Racism, discrimination, freedom of expression, political debate, identity, hate crime; these were the first that came to our mind. This week explores the place of hate speech in our current societies and how it intertwines with narratives of various crimes.


Week 3 – Human Rights Perspective on Hate Speech
In this week, we will explore what human rights are and how to apply a human rights perspective to cases of hate speech. How can the human rights framework help in understanding policy and regulations countering hate speech? And how can these perspectives be helpful to individuals in fighting against hate?


Week 4 – Countering Hate Speech or Censoring Freedom of Expression?
Regulating hate speech is often seen as a controversial issue by the advocates of freedom of speech. Policy, law, interventions and calling against hate speech can be used as censoring tool by advocates of authoritarianism. Is it possible to draw a line between the limits of both?


Week 5 – Countering Hate Speech: The Importance of Civil Society
We can conclude that hate speech manifest in many different ways and parts of our social life. So, what now? In this week, we explore strategies and tactics to respond and propose alternatives to hate speech. These will be grounded in a human rights framework and we will look at examples coming from various fields.

Week 1: Setting the scene

Misheel Enkh-Amgalan

What is Hate Speech?

Hate speech is everywhere today: on the media, online, offline, in the streets and walls. Not a single day passes without us reading hateful comments on the latest music video on YouTube or hearing about the latest controversial Tweet of a politician. But what is really hate speech? How can we define it? In this video, Misheel is giving her first insights to help us to define the phenomenon.

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Misheel Enkh-Amgalan

Forms of hate speech

Hate speech is often understood as only covering verbal expressions. But hate speech can take many forms. Sometimes it is very difficult to understand whether or not there is hate. Are some forms of hate worse than others? In this video, Misheel gives keys to assess and identify hate speech.

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Misheel Enkh-Amgalan

What hate speech is, is controversial

Identifying the intention to do harm is one of the most important tasks to define hate speech. In many cases, however, the intention of the person can be unclear, or hate speech can be implicit, which makes it very difficult to detect. In this video, Misheel explores, how the vistim’s point of view can help in clarifying the intention of the ‘perpetrator’, while highlighting the limits it poses.

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