This website is an offshoot of a research project investigating intolerant speech and what journalism should do about it. It is meant to serve journalists, researchers and policy makers who are interested in the dilemma that hate speech poses to open societies.
Interview with UN freedom of expression rapporteur Frank La Rue
"When we defend freedom of expression, we try to make clear that freedom of expression should be used in the most respectful way. But then, having said that, it doesn’t mean one can censor the expressions that we don’t like. Religion, spiritual and philosophical questions, should be open to debate." – Frank La Rue, United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression.
Religious insult online in Singapore
Singaporeans’ weak civic responses and an over-reliance on the law may be an unintended consequence of successful inculcation of a key government doctrine: that only a strong state can deal with the visceral pulls and permanent fault lines of race and religion. Distrusting citizens’ ability to talk through differences, some Singaporeans seem trigger-happy in their zeal to police the frontiers of religious harmony. More >
Reporting hate in Pakistan
An interview with Guardian and New York Times correspondent Declan Walsh. More >