Freedom of expression and countering hate speech online to prevent youth radicalization

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Where: 
Switzerland, Geneva
Type of Event: 
Consultative Meeting
Contact: 
b.tukhtabayev@unesco.org

Panel discussion on the margins of the 32nd session of the Human Rights Session “Freedom of expression and countering hate speech online to prevent youth radicalization”

The UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva (GLO) and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations at Geneva, with support of the London-based Elaph online Newspaper, will organize a panel discussion on the theme of “Freedom of expression and countering hate speech online to prevent youth radicalization”.

The panel will resonate the presentation of the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (Doc. A/HRC/32/38) to the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council.

It will also contribute to the implementation of the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, notably its action lines relating to human rights, youth, dialogue, strategic communications, Internet and social media.

The panelists will be asked to elaborate on the relationship between freedom of expression and countering hate speech online to prevent youth radicalization, which is critical for the prevention of violence extremism. Focus will also be put on the role and contribution of media in the prevention of violent extremism in the world.

Additionally, the event will recall that thousands of young activists and artists are fighting back against violent extremism online through their music, art, film, comics and humour and that they deserve the support of the international community, as set out by the UNSG’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.

Notably, the panel will underscore the recommendation made by Secretary-General in his Plan of Action, calling on States to “protect journalists, who play a crucial role in democratic societies, by ensuring the prompt and thorough investigation of threats to their safety, and encourage journalists to work together to voluntarily develop media training and industry codes of conduct which foster tolerance and respect”.

Finally, the event shall recall the Finlandia Declaration’s calls “to promote the right to information through the use of Information and Communication Technologies and open solutions for sustainable development, inter-cultural understanding, and fostering inclusion, tolerance and cooperation”.