SOpHiSM: A response to online hate speech through the enhancement of high-quality professional and citizen journalism

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The Centre for European Constitutional Law (CECL) along with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA), EDEX – Educational Excellence Corporation Ltd (University of Nicosia) and the Hellenic League for Human Rights are implementing the project entilted SOpHiSM: A response to online hate speech through the enhancement of high-quality professional and citizen journalism which is funded by the European Commission Justice Programme (JUST) Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC-AG-2019/REC-RRAC-RACI-AG-2019). The project attempts to address the issue of online hate speech in Greece and Cyprous by drawing on existing international standards and tools, as well as the views of all involved actors (young journalists, students of journalism, citizen journalists and NGOs). The duration of the project will be 20 months as of 01/03/2020.

In particular, the project aims to:

  • support high quality journalism in Greece and Cyprus through the enhancement of the media literacy skills of students of journalism, junior journalists and citizen journalists (bloggers and social media influencers);
  • consolidate and add to the existing pool of data on hate speech online in Greece and Cyprus;
  • improve media literacy and kills to identify and counter hate speech online, and to create anti-hate speech messages;
  • create tools designed to target the particularities of online hate speech in the participating countries.

Furthermore, the project aims to raise awareness of the general public on the challenges of online hate speech. This shall contribute to decreasing hate speech elements in online journalism and in promoting accurate, truthful reporting framed by anti-hate speech.

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