Fake news and hate speech

Lunch Debate


Hate speech and fake news are the most visible elements of the online information disorder. Misleading stories have always existed and have impacted public opinion, generated emotional reactions and played a role in shaping the public sphere, as have incitement to violence or hatred. However, there is growing awareness that the unprecedented reach of digital platforms has amplified their detrimental effect.

At national and EU level regulatory, civil society and media initiatives exist or are being developed to tackle hate speech and fake news. Do these initiatives work and how can freedom of expression be safeguarded? Do we need a transatlantic initiative and is it enough to only address two elements of the information disorder? These questions will be addressed by our speakers.

programme - 06/03/2018

Welcome and introduction:

Eva Kaili MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member


Susan Ness, Senior Fellow, SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University

Roberto Tallei, Journalist, SkyTG24

Ronald Eissen, Board member of INACH (International Network Against Cyber Hate)

Wout van Wijk, Executive Director, News Media Europe

Exchange of views with participants

(under the Chatham House rule)

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