Media Against Hate

#MediaAgainstHate is a Europe-wide campaign led by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and a coalition of civil society organisations. We aim to counter hate speech and discrimination in the media, both on and offline, by promoting ethical standards, while maintaining respect for freedom of expression. Our work is underpinned by the belief that the rights to equality and freedom of expression are mutually reinforcing and essential to human dignity.

The media and journalists play a crucial role in informing both policy and societal opinion regarding migration and refugees. As hate speech and stereotypes targeting migrants proliferate across Europe, balanced and fair media reporting is needed more than ever. Despite some good journalism practices, additional training and resources for media professionals and media organisations will help promote dialogue and democratic processes.

Involving partners from across Europe, including ARTICLE 19, Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE), Community Media Institute (COMMIT), Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) and the EFJ, the #MediaAgainstHate campaign aims to:

  • improve media coverage related to migration, refugees, religion and marginalised groups in general;
  • improve capacity of journalists, media, CSOs and community media to counter hate speech, intolerance, racism and discrimination;
  • improve implementation of legal frameworks regulating hate speech and freedom of speech;
  • raise awareness about various types of discrimination through better reporting on the above issues
  • provide support to journalists exposing hate speech who have become targets and victims of hatred and harassment for speaking out

A series of trainings and workshops will be organised for media professionals, representatives of CSOs and media regulators across Europe to exchange best practices and promote mutual learning and cooperation activities.

As part of the campaign, a video contest will be launched to collect multilingual examples of counter-narratives fighting stereotypes and discrimination.

For more information and regular updates, please visit the website.


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How can media and journalists help to counter hate? Take part in the Media against Hate video contest!

Media – in all its forms – play a crucial role in the shaping of identities, in the promotion or inhibition of dialogue, solidarity and recognition.Which strategies and tools can empower counter-narratives and challenge mainstream perceptions of refugees, of migration, of marginalised groups in general?We invite professional journalists, community media practitioners and media students in Europe to document how their daily work helps fight against discrimination and counter hate. How to enter: To be eligible, you must be resident in a EU member state, Iceland or Liechtenstein. Register here by January 15th, 2017. You will receive a DropBox link where you…

#MediaAgainstHate : When the last thing to do is responding to racist comments online

“When your child dies, everything dies. When your child dies, the world stops turning. The last thing a father would have to do, the really last thing, is respond to racist comments”, wrote VRT journalist Fatma Taspinar. During the latest terror attack in Istanbul (31/12/2016), a Belgian-Turkish citizen Kerim A. (23 years old) was among the 39 victims killed. Shortly after the publication of his name, many racist comments related to the supposed ethnic or religious background of the victim were shared by social media users on Twitter and Facebook. The online spreading of openly racist comments have deeply (for a second time) affected the…

EFJ in the news 2016

Europe Online Magazine – Turkish police detain several journalists, Kurdish leaders (25.12.2016) Villamedia – België arresteerde Koerdische journalist op verzoek Turkije (23.12.2016) De Wereld Morgen – “Aanhouding Koerdisch journalist in België is gevaarlijk precedent” (22.12.2016) EUObserver – EU looks to trade treaty for better Turkey relations (22.12.2016) ARA News – Kurdish journalist arrested in European capital “on Turkey’s request” (21.12.2016) Transitions Online – Polish Government Hit by More Protests (19.12.2016) Balkan Insight – Croatian Journalist Blames Attack on Hateful Atmosphere (16.12.2016) Libertas – San Marino. Cause civili abnormi: tentativo di censura. Richiesta danni sino a 300mila euro (15.12.2016) Herald Scotland – Letters: We should not…

#Media Against Hate: EFJ launches a Europe-wide campaign to counter hate speech in the media

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has today launched together with partners ARTICLE 19, Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE), Community Media Institute (COMMIT), Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) a Europe-wide campaign Media Against Hate, to counter hate speech and discrimation in the media. The media and journalists play a crucial role in influencing both policy-making and societal opinion on migration and refugees. As hate speech and stereotypes targeting migrants and refugees proliferate across Europe, balanced and fair media reporting is needed more than ever. Despite some good journalism practices…

Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks reiterates his commitment on media freedom

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) held a meeting on 9 November with the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks and his team at the EFJ headquarters in Brussels. The two teams discussed current threats to media freedoms in Europe especially the situation in Turkey and abuses of defamation laws against journalists in EU countries. EFJ General Secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez presented the main challenges and projects the EFJ is currently working on, namely the independence and the strengthening of public service broadcasting in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, the oppressive emergency situation in Turkey and the increase of self-censorship and hate speech in the…

Refugees and Migrants, the inconvenient truths – Journalism against bias and stereotypes

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Alliance Internationale de Journalistes (AIJ) are organising a roundtable discussion on Refugees and Migrants, the inconvenient truths – Journalism against bias and stereotypes in Brussels on Tuesday, 4th October 2016 from 11.00 – 14.00 at Magritte room (3rd floor) Residence Palace, rue de la loi 155, 1040 Brussels Introduction Migrants and refugees have suddenly jumped to the top of the news agenda. During 2015 television screens and newspapers have been filled with stories about the appalling loss of life and suffering of thousands of people escaping war in the Middle East or oppression and poverty in…