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# Hate speech

This week
28th May 2023 - 1st June 2023
Free speech fears and far-right conspiracies: the culture war over Ireland's hate speech bill
A report by
Stephen McDermott
A chorus of negative reactions to the bill has grown louder in recent weeks.
Last month
May 2023
# Hate speech
Harris takes aim at Elon Musk and Donald Trump Jr during defence of Govt's hate speech bill
There have been concerns raised about Section 10 of the proposed legislation by the ICCL.
Last year
# Hate speech
New laws on hate speech includes provision to protect freedom of expression, says minister
Government has been called on to ensure new laws comply with principles of proportionality and necessity.
# Hate Crimes
McEntee says planned new hate crime laws will carry more severe penalties
The new Incitement to Hatred and Hate Crime Bill is planned for the autumn
All time
# facebook moderation
Facebook touts progress in curbing hate and violent content
Facebook said the “prevalence” of hate speech in the first quarter of 2021 was between 0.05% and 0.06%
# Incitement to Hatred
New hate crime bill with tough sentences gets government approval
Minister McEntee said the constitutional rights of freedom of expression and of association will be respected in the new legislation.
# Hate speech
Punish players who cover their mouths to talk to opponents – Seedorf
The former Holland international believes transparency is key in the fight against racism in football.
# Social Media
Sharing hate speech online to become criminal offence but there will be protections for freedom of speech
Justice Minister Helen McEntee aims to bring forward new legislation by Easter 2021.
# kildare street
Garda injured and six arrested during rally against hate speech law
Demonstrators from rival sides were forced apart by gardaí as the rally took place outside Leinster House.
# ge2020
Charities and community groups pen open letter to politicians urging them not to use 'hate speech'
Groups including Amnesty International Ireland have called for politicians to avoid hate speech during their campaigns.
# Hate speech
Ireland is failing to meet its obligations regarding hate crime, report says
The report was written as an alternative to previous hate crime reports submitted to the United Nations.
# Racism
'The law is weak': Government launches public consultation on hate speech
The Department of Justice is currently finalising research on legislative approaches to tackling hate crime in other countries.
# Hate speech
Dublin City councillor issues complaint against Gemma O'Doherty over hijab comments
A formal complaint was made to gardaí yesterday.
# policy breach
YouTube bans Gemma O'Doherty over 'hate speech' policy breaches
O’Doherty continued to post videos on a second YouTube account despite receiving a seven-day ban.
# Hate speech
Twitter bans 'dehumanising' posts towards religious groups
The social media giant now bans posts that liken religious groups to rats, viruses or maggots.
Calls for sanctions to be placed on local authorities who fail to provide Traveller accommodation
The ECRI said the majority of local authorities have “consistently failed” to provide adequate accommodation for Travellers.
Opinion: It is time to stop paying people to spread hate
Hit them where it hurts. When so-called ‘provocateur’ Milo Yiannopoulos overstepped the line, he lost his book deal and now he is reported to be heavily in debt, writes Kate O’Brien.
# Hate speech
Facebook extends ban on hate speech to 'white nationalists'
Facebook previously linked expressions of white nationalism with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism.
# dcu report
The features of online hate speech in Ireland and why it's often not flagged
A DCU report said that there were two types of people who posted hate speech: those “versed” in it and those who just reproduce it.
# infowars
'He hasn't violated our rules': Twitter chief defends not suspending Infowars' Alex Jones
Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube have all banned Alex Jones, who runs the website Infowars.
Kilkenny mosque debate: 'This could become dangerous. Tensions could escalate'
This week I wished I lived in Ballaghadareen and not in Kilkenny, writes Malcolm Noonan.
# princeton
US college professor cancels cultural freedoms class after use of racial slur causes anger
Colleagues say Professor Emeritus Lawrence Rosen has often used the slur during lectures on free speech.
# Free Speech
'Harmful and offensive': Complaint against Katie Hopkins' Today FM appearance rejected
Hopkins had been discussing hate speech on The Last Word.
# david v goliath
Germany to fine tech giants up to €50 million for hate speech and fake news
A Syrian refugee recently lost a court case after he was targetted by Facebook trolls over a photo with Angela Merkel.
# hate crime
Extremist who called Jewish people 'subhuman animals' jailed in London
Lawrence Burns has been sentenced to four years in prison.
# Hate speech
Dutch anti-Islam politician to snub his own hate speech trial
Geert Wilders is facing charges over comments made in 2014 about Moroccan residents in the Netherlands.
# Offensive
Council of Europe slams infamous "cockroaches" column by Katie Hopkins as "hate speech"
The body says hate speech has “soared” since 2013.
# Hate speech
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary found guilty of inciting support for ISIS
Legal restrictions were placed on the verdict being made public until now.
# Hate speech
Facebook and co have to remove hate speech within 24 hours - but it 'won't change the reality'
The new rules will see companies like Facebook review and remove hate speech within 24 hours of being notified.
# Hate speech
Slap on the wrist for FM104 over caller who called Africans 'parasites'
The man said Irish women who date African men are “absolute sluts”.
# Discrimination
"We must demand true equality": Canada introduces new laws protecting transgender people
“We are still witnesses, and in some cases, victims of injustices,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mark Zuckerberg had a dig at Trump for his talk of "building walls"
“It takes courage to choose hope over fear,” he said in a keynote speech.
# Hate speech
Google takes down Taliban propaganda app
The app, which was designed to show news and videos from the group, was only up shortly before it was taken down.
# Hate speech
UK Parliament could be set to consider a debate on banning Donald Trump
A petition needs to reach 100,000 signatures for the action to take place.
# Hate speech
Brenda Power draws parallels between criticism of Traveller article and Charlie Hebdo
The Irish Daily Mail columnist has been told by the DPP that she will face no action over the opinion piece.
The 'gay cake' row and freedom of speech: Being offended isn't a right
The trouble with trying to put limits on free speech and the freedom of conscience is that you inevitably wind up tying yourself in knots.
# tweet rage
Twitter is 'a bit powerless' to stop Balotelli-style racial abuse
But the social network isn’t the “wild west” and the company does care about hate speech, OK?
# Travellers Rights
Traveller group hits out at "hate speech" Daily Mail article
Brenda Power said that Travellers should “teach their children to use a golf club or a hurley for something other than breaking a cousin’s leg”.
# Racism
'Messages of hate' appearing around Dublin, says immigrant group
A family home in Dublin was daubed with graffiti telling the occupants to leave, while the old Anglo Irish Bank headquarters were painted with anti-Semitic graffiti.
# Holland
Far-right Dutch politician cleared of hate charges
Geert Wilders had compared the Koran to Mein Kampf and faced charges of hate speech and discrimination.