Organized By : Asia Centre
The Asia Centre is holding a conference on the challenges and solutions to increasing hate speech based on fake news within the region. With increasing use of the internet and mobile devices, abusive and threatening remarks both in speech and writing are going viral on social media. Often such content expresses prejudice against individuals or particular groups, on the basis of disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political ideology, race, religion or sexual orientation which may lead to violent outcomes.
Governments have enacted laws to preserve public order and to protect human dignity. They have also sponsored and assembled inter-faith dialogues and embarked on social cohesion efforts. Other stakeholders such the UN, international organisations, civil society and faith-based groups are also doing their part to combat hate speech.
In the search for solutions to these challenges, there is a need for an evidence-based discussion to critically examine the phenomenon of hate speech and its impact on democracy, the rule of law and human rights. This conference seeks to address the issue of hate speech from an evidence-based and a solution grounded approach while upholding freedom of expression.
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