Whom do we become in online comments?
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The ability to say offensive things online on a daily basis without consequences led to new, and more toxic, norms for civic behavior.
Section 18C goes further than the laws of many other democracies by applying to ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’ speech.
A minor change, substituting 'vilify' for 'offend' and 'insult', would bring Section 18C more in line with similar laws in other democracies without undermining its effectiveness.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a conference for her party.
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In reelection bid, Merkel's not just up against a xenophobic, nationalist party in Germany. In the wake of Trump’s election, liberal democracies around the world hope she'll defend them, too.
The Politically Incorrect forum is bringing its racist vitriol to a website near you.
Who’s he listening to?
Trump has given extremists a high-profile stage, but in the process exposed them to the disinfecting sunlight.
Protestants hold a Sunday service in the open air in Jakarta. Their efforts to erect their own church buildings have been blocked by hardline Muslim groups.
Truth’s victory over hate propaganda is neither automatic nor preordained. It requires a commitment to equal rights and norms of tolerance.
Some people might find this offensive. IPSO didn’t think it was.
Why the Editors’ Code of Practice needs to be reformed.
Digital literacy remains relatively low in Indonesia.
Messages on social media reportedly fuelled the burning of Buddhist temples in Indonesia last month. Laws against hate speech are widely ignored and weakly policed.
The government claims changes to Section 18C are no longer on its agenda.
Section 18C is limited in scope, and it would thus be wrong to claim that free speech carte blanche is under threat.
A survivor stands in the graveyard where a church was torched in Eldoret, 300km west of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The consequences of hate speech are evident in the country.
The violence that often accompanies political disputes or elections is testimony to the efficacy of hate propaganda as a tool in the political arsenal of Kenyan politicians.
Depends on how you define ‘hate speech’.
Social media companies have agreed to a European plan to take down offensive material within 24 hours. Will it work and if so, can it be extended to other regions?
Why do campuses have “free speech zones”?
Are speech codes and free-speech zones silencing speech on college and university campuses?
The cover of the ‘Weekly Standard’, February 2016.
Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?
Hero of the hour: BBC London talkback host, Simon Lederman.
Media should confront hate speech, not merely censor it.
#WeStandWithMizzou activists join the movement.
Jackie Rehwald, Springfield News Leader
As the debate spreads from Missouri to universities across the country, insights from The Conversation's coverage of race on campus.
Students protest at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University demanding the right to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans, which they identify with apartheid.
The university should be the bastion of the right to free expression in the promotion of democracy, and has a moral and ethical obligation to provide spaces for fierce debate and critical engagement.
When Manal Kassem laid her bridal bouquet at the tribute to the Lindt Cafe siege victims in Sydney, onlookers applauded – no-one cast doubt on her sincerity as a Muslim in the way Tony Abbott’s words have done.
By casting doubt on the sincerity of Islamic leaders when they condemn terrorism and extremism, the prime minister risks alienating Muslims and dividing instead of uniting the Australian community.
French comedian Dieudonné has just been charged as an ‘apologist for terrorism’ for his Facebook posting ‘Je me sens Charlie Coulibaly’ (I feel I am Charlie Coulibaly).
Recent commentary about the so-called “French” idea of free speech is fuelling confusion and misinformation in the debate about Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 in Australia. Human Rights…
The internet has become a safe haven for racial and religious abuse.
In late 2013 I was invited to present evidence, as part of my submission regarding online anti-Muslim hate, at the House of Commons. I attempted to show how hate groups on the internet were using this…
Simply knowing laws against hate speech exist makes people feel less vulnerable to the racial prejudice and hostility they encounter.
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The Abbott government’s intention to amend national racist hate speech law has reignited a debate that has raged in Australia for decades: is there a place for laws that condemn public conduct that is…