Panel/Talk Countering hate speech in elections – Lessons Learnt and ways to counter hate speech


Nalini Elumalai, Senior Malaysia Program Officer, ARTICLE 19
Wathshala Naidu, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Malaysia
Lisa Garcia, Foundation for Media Alternatives, Philippines

  • Tuesday, 23 May 2023 (Day 2)
  • 11:30 – 13:30 hrs (GMT+7)
  • CMU Art Center – Theater

Democracies, at various phases of development and consolidation, have proven vulnerable to hate speech and its ill effects. Election campaigns provide particularly fertile ground for hate speech and incitement to violence. The authority wielded by, and the amplifying impact of, mass and social media have been a significant factor in recent years. In the recent election in Malaysia, we witnessed the role of TikTok in influencing and fueling hatred. What is concerning is TikTok primarily has younger users compared to Facebook and Twitter.

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