Hate speech is increasingly intertwined with disinformation. By using false statements or half-truths that confirm existing stereotypes of minority groups, hatred is ignited and spread repeatedly. It also shapes European politics. For example, the attitude of the European governments regarding refugees is hardening. There seems to be an attitude of acceptance that it is allowed to ignore international laws, human rights and basic needs of people who are fleeing war and/or persecution. There is less and less public outcry about the push backs of boats on the mediterranean sea, of the circumstances in refugee camps and the manner in which the issue is addressed rhetorically.
All in all it shows that the purpose of our organization, bringing the online in line with human rights, is still very much up-to-date and it is inevitable to keep highlighting the importance of fighting online hate speech. We aim to prevent and counter online hate speech, raise awareness about hate speech and connect and cooperate with all our partners in the field of hate speech. This policy paper aims to draw a picture of the current state of affairs regarding online hate speech by describing different issues that concern us and suggesting policy changes to contribute to solutions.