The rise of hate speech in recent years has become a dangerous trend in our society. It poses challenges both to the media professionals and our democratic values in society. Media have a vital role to play in challenging hostility and prejudice, encouraging social solidarity and helping to promote understanding and empathy with others.
COSPE is organising a workshop for journalists who want to improve their knowledge and capacity to counter hate speech and sexism and promote rights of minority groups who are discriminated and targets of hate speech.
25 journalists from EU countries will gather at the event in Rome on 20 – 21 November 2017.
The event, organised within the Media against Hate project, will consist of a roundtable with 5 speakers (Morning Session 20 Nov.) and a three sessions Workshop on specific topics (Afternoon Session 20 Nov and 21 Nov.) The programme can be found here.
The event aims to:
- improve the professional skills of journalists in countering hate speech and create a positive community;
- develop a network of journalists across Europe with commitment to improve media tools against hate speech
The speakers and trainers (Paola Barretta – Carta di Roma, Tom Law – EJN, Francesca Fanucci – Art. 19, Laura Bononcini – Facebook, Alessandra Mancuso – Rai, Matteo Moretti– Free University of Bozen-Bolzano & Dataninja, Valentina Vellucci – Magilla Guerrilla) will focus on the role of journalism in combating and preventing hate speech (against minority groups and women) and on digital media tools and platforms that can be used to support the work of those trying to counter hate speech.
COSPE is one of the partners gathered by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) for the project Media Against Hate. Other partners involved in the project are: ARTICLE 19, Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), Community Media Institute (COMMIT), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) and Media Diversity Institute (MDI).
The project is financially supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.