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Hate Speech: Role of New Media in the Prevention of Mass Atrocities

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by Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini
ECIA Fellow
7 November 2012 at Central European University, Budapest

Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, ECIA fellow, moderated the international roundtable on “Hate Speech: Role of New Media in the Prevention of Mass Atrocities” organized by the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and the Central European University, as a side event of the Fifth Budapest Human Rights Forum. Media can play a key role in advocating respect for human rights, preventing violence, building trust and promoting reconciliation. But they can also fuel tensions and disseminate hatred. Numerous examples from history show the responsibility of media in inciting genocide and mass atrocities. The Roundtable provided an opportunity for academics, researchers, non- governmental organizations and representatives of international organizations to share experience and best practices for international and local media activities and to create synergies for future cooperation.