Countering hate speech against Muslim people

13 September, 2014
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Community Manager
September 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm

On 21 September 2017 the No Hate Speech Movement is countering hate speech targeting Muslims in support of the International day of Peace. We call for positive dialogue to decrease stereotyping and judgement, and strengthen counter and alternative narratives that debunk hate speech and its underlying xenophobic narrative effecting Muslims. In September the Hate Speech Watch will draw the attention to the amount and spread of online hate speech content targeting people with Muslim faith in Europe and beyond. For this the Hate Speech Watch will focus on collecting typical hate speech patterns and hate content against Muslim people in order to raise awareness about the extent of the problem, to provide indepth understanding and deconstruction of the oppresive and discriminative narratives and to allow the production of relevant counter narratives to debunk the simplistic, xenophobic and discriminative discourse. 

Muslims are the second group most targeted by hate speech online in Europe. Anti – Muslim arguments are no longer confined to the fringes of society and are now also embraced by some mainstream politicians resulting in growing xenophobic populist discourse. This tendency may contribute to a more general disintegration of human values, such as non-discrimination, tolerance, freedom of religion, solidarity and equality. With this Action Day the Movement is calling for solidarity with the people (our friends, neighbours, colleagues, co-citizens...) affected by such hate speech. By focussing on the person, instead of the phobia of the Islam and its subsequent negative connotations, the Movement wants to break the division between “us” and “them” that has developed in the public discourse of many countries.  The xenophobic populist discourse portrays a non-existing link between Refugees, Muslim faith and recent terrorist attacks in Europe. This simplistic xenophobic narrative does not reflect the reality where refugees of many different faiths seek safety from war and conflict, nearly all European Muslims live peaceful in their community for decades, sometimes centuries, and most recent terror attacks were perpetrated by nationals of the countries affected. The issue is complex that we must not and should not simplify into "good" and "bad" nor to "us" and "them". Let's start a constructive conversation together in Europe to reverse the spread of hate speech and disintegration of our societies....  


  • Community Manager
    October 4, 2014 at 7:10 am

    The most targetted group is LGBT people.

  • Ingrid Aspelund
    September 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Above it says: "The online survey of the Council of Europe (2012) showed that Muslims are the second most targeted group by hate speech online in Europe".
    Who is the first?