Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
“In time we hate that which we often fear.” William Shakespeare
“Real dialogue isn’t about talking to people who believe the same things as you.” Zygmunt Bauman
“Tweet others the way you want to be tweeted.” Germany Kent
CHANGING WORDS CHANGES THE WORLD
Online hate speech is a worrying and complex phenomenon, which has deep cultural and social roots and brings new questions and challenges to the issue of freedom of expression on the web.
Only a collective commitment at the cultural and educational level can be the basis to counter it, promoting at the same time freedom and participation.
Silence hate aims at combating and preventing online hate speech against migrants and refugees by developing new and creative counter-narratives. An European media camp, training courses, workshops and media productions will involve journalists, activists, teachers and young people in Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland and United Kingdom. Moreover an online campaign covering the entire life of the project and national events will communicate and disseminate the activities and the results to the public.
Video, slam poetry and creative writing: many ways to find creative solutions against online hate speech. More than 350 students have been involved in Prato, Florence, Padua and Bologna by