Malta Malta


SOS Malta (Solidarity Overseas Service), #StopHate”, February 2019.

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Malta, SOS Malta

Main Thematic Focus

Hate speech

Target Population

General population

Key findings

This report is part of the project #STOPHATE with the aim of tackling the issue of hate speech. The report states that when it comes to the legal aspects of hate speech, it is often seen a lack of responsiveness from key actors. The reasons for this might come from the lack of a clear definition in the law, and the wide scope of the phenomenon of hate speech. The report notes that the problem is all across the European Union and there are a number of challenges that need to be tackled together with other nations. However, in Malta, previous studies show that Xenophobic, Homophobic and Political hate speech are a significant problem that continues to increase. The central objective of this report is to show that legislation against hate speech in the EU may be an effective first step towards combating the phenomenon, but it might not be enough on its own to contain the present situation. This document aims to set the tone for further discussion of the topic by presenting the existing literature. The report also presents recommendations on improvements that can be made to tackle the situation.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Qualitative (Conducting research on hate crime and internet hate speech)

Sample details and representativeness


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