objectives

The project’s main objective is to combat and prevent online hate speech against migrants and refugees by developing new and creative counter-narratives. The most effective way to tackle hatred is through education and debate. Media must show responsibility and actively work against hate speech, promoting a paradigm shift through the building of a counter-narrative. Moreover, it is necessary to work on education and prevention, helping young people to recognize hate speech and its impact on individuals and groups and encouraging them to react both at individual and collective level. To achieve its main objective, the project aims:
  • To exchange best practices among journalists, media activists and bloggers, improving their capacity to create counter-narratives on migration issues,
  • To provide teachers, educators, activists and young people with tools of analysis and operational tools to recognize and combat online hate speech,
  • To raise awareness of young people and general public about the risks of the diffusion of racist discourse on the web and about the importance to react to hate speech.

Beneficiaries

The project targets different groups of people: young people, teachers, educators, activists, journalists, bloggers and social media managers.

activities

The main activities and outputs of the project include:
  • A European Media Camp: a 5-day training for journalists, audio visual professionals, and social activists. The main objective is to bring together a wide network of creative minds to generate content for building a counter-narrative on migration.
  • Training courses: training for teachers, educators, and activists on how to counter hate speech through media literacy and intercultural dialogue. Workshops for school students and young people aimed at identifying and reacting to hate speech manifestations with web tools and positive actions. Training courses for journalism students aimed at proposing a reflection on the role of media in tackling online hate speech.
  • Media production: investigative reports, digital initiatives, social media campaigns, and audio/visual productions by young people, journalists and activists about alternative narratives on migration in Europe.
  • Online campaign: website and social media for an online campaign open to the wider public.
  • Public events: eight national public events and a final conference in Brussels.

duration

From January 2018 to December 2019

 

participating countries

  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom
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