Malta Malta


“Online hate speech: ‘Police cannot do all the work”, Claire Caruana, Times of Malta

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Type of publication

Academic article

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution



Malta, Times of Malta

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime Hate speech

Target Population

Ethnic minorities LGBTI Migrants Muslims People with migrant background People of African descent & Black Europeans Refugees & asylum seekers

Key findings

This media article outlines the functions, duties of the Hate Crime and Speech Unit. The scope of this Unit is multidimensional, addressing the psychological and legal facets of hate crime and speech in addition to educating the public and raising awareness on the increasingly prominent phenomenon of such crime. The unit will assess clients and refer them for the support needed i.e therapeutic services or legal assistance. Counselling and other therapeutic services are offered as well as free legal aid to victims of hate crime and/or hate speech who wish to forward their case to the police and/or prosecute the perpetrator. The unit also aims to educate the general public as well as providing training to staff and other professionals in other organisations about the effects of hate crime and speech and how to prevent it.

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