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Liberty Review No. 8 - Kopie - Kopie

The eighth issue of Review focuses on personal freedoms and discusses the topic from various perspectives, including: freedom of the press, paternalism, social media, religious freedom, among others. The point of view is, as always, Central and Eastern European. has managed to gather a number of various, highly captivating contributions, which they trust would assist the Reader in navigating the truly challenging reality of personal freedoms in the region at present.

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Fighting Populism in Antwerp and Beyond

Populism - Dr. Case
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Populism has become a wide spread phenomenon throughout the world. The danger of their backward-looking nostalgia for an idealized past, half-truths and fake news stories pose a threat for free and open societies.

How can and should democracies respond? How can liberal messages be communicated better? In what way can we bring big ideas and visions to the citizens? What solutions tackling populism have already worked on the local level?

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An EU social media police is not the way to go

We have all seen it; hateful statements flourish on the Internet, on reputable news sites as well as in murky discussion forums. Hate speech is an old phenomenon, but it seems the Internet has greased the joints of those who seek to use speech to incite hatred. Online hate speech again made the headlines when Liberal Commissioner Věra Jourová on 1 October called for Member States to criminalize hate speech, upholding the EU framework decision on fighting racism and xenophobia. Only days later a young and dynamic panel met for a Transatlantic Dialogue Luncheon to discuss online hate speech organized by FNF and the AJC Transatlantic Institute. Is the criminalization of hate speech the way to also combat it online, or are there other tools at our disposal? Do we need an EU social media police?
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Upcoming event: “Online Hate Speech – Do we need a social media police?”

picTuesday, 6 October 2015

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung for Freedom
Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

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How do we stop hate speech and fear mongering online? Is self-discipline and active website moderation not enough to stop extremists from inciting hatred, defamation and violence? With anti-Semitism, xenophobia and all-out racism flourishing in the dark allies of the World Wide Web, is it time for the EU to enforce the rules already on the books in virtual space? Could an “EU social media police” stop online hate speech, and what implications would it carry for the right to free speech? Can EU legislation keep up the pace with cyber hate mongers and what is the responsibility of everyday web surfers? In short – do we need EU law enforcement for Facebook and other social media channels in an otherwise borderless web? Continue reading