European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2016), Incitement in media content and political discourse in Member States of the European Union, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna.

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Title

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2016), Incitement in media content and political discourse in Member States of the European Union, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna.

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Year

2016

Type of publication

Report

Geographical coverage

EU comparative

Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

EU body

Institution

FRA | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Main Thematic Focus

Hate speech Incitement to hatred or violence

Target Population

Muslims Migrants Ethnic minorities Refugees & Asylum seekers

Key findings

Media content and political discourse in EU Member States, whether online or offline, show incitement to discrimination, hatred or violence on different grounds, as evidence collected by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals. The growing reliance on the internet as the main source of information for many enables the fast spread of often unverified statements that could also incite to hatred. This FRA contribution to the second Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights provides a snapshot of manifestations of incitement in media content and political discourse against different groups in EU Member States. It outlines the European and international legal framework governing such cases, substantiated by relevant case law examples. Highlighting that members of minority groups perceive the prevailing social climate as condoning racism, xenophobia and intolerance, this FRA paper underlines the need for EU institutions and Member States to address the effect incitement can have on the population groups it targets.

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DISCLAIMERThe information presented here is collected under contract by the FRA's research network FRANET. The information and views contained do not necessarily reflect the views or the official position of the FRA.