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# Hate speech

This year
Lindsay Hoyle: Social media's role during January 6 riots was a 'wake up call' for parliaments
The Journal spoke with Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle in Dublin this week.
European speakers of parliament urge for better protections against abuse towards politicians
Hate speech and violence towards politicians is posing a “serious challenge” to the functioning of democracy.
Holocaust group writes to Helen McEntee about 'anti-Semitic' newspaper edited by Gemma O'Doherty
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The Irish Light regularly was the subject of concerns by Holocaust Education Ireland.
Taoiseach: Hate crimes are 'matter of real concern' and dismissing them as ‘wokeism’ is wrong
Leo Varadkar claimed there has been a rise in racism in Ireland.
Hate speech law won't progress further until autumn at the earliest
A number of senators have requested a meeting with the minister about the legislation.
Hate speech law 'not radical', says minister as senators highlight free speech 'chilling effect'
The minister said she wanted to be clear that no one has a right not to be offended.
Free speech fears and far-right conspiracies: the culture war over Ireland's hate speech bill
A report by
Stephen McDermott
A chorus of negative reactions to the bill has grown louder in recent weeks.
Harris takes aim at Elon Musk and Donald Trump Jr during defence of Govt's hate speech bill
There have been concerns raised about Section 10 of the proposed legislation by the ICCL.
Last year
New laws on hate speech includes provision to protect freedom of expression, says minister
Government has been called on to ensure new laws comply with principles of proportionality and necessity.
McEntee says planned new hate crime laws will carry more severe penalties
The new Incitement to Hatred and Hate Crime Bill is planned for the autumn
All time
Facebook touts progress in curbing hate and violent content
Facebook said the “prevalence” of hate speech in the first quarter of 2021 was between 0.05% and 0.06%
New hate crime bill with tough sentences gets government approval
Minister McEntee said the constitutional rights of freedom of expression and of association will be respected in the new legislation.
Punish players who cover their mouths to talk to opponents – Seedorf
The former Holland international believes transparency is key in the fight against racism in football.
Sharing hate speech online to become criminal offence but there will be protections for freedom of speech
Justice Minister Helen McEntee aims to bring forward new legislation by Easter 2021.
Garda injured and six arrested during rally against hate speech law
Demonstrators from rival sides were forced apart by gardaí as the rally took place outside Leinster House.
Charities and community groups pen open letter to politicians urging them not to use 'hate speech'
Groups including Amnesty International Ireland have called for politicians to avoid hate speech during their campaigns.
Ireland is failing to meet its obligations regarding hate crime, report says
The report was written as an alternative to previous hate crime reports submitted to the United Nations.
'The law is weak': Government launches public consultation on hate speech
The Department of Justice is currently finalising research on legislative approaches to tackling hate crime in other countries.
Dublin City councillor issues complaint against Gemma O'Doherty over hijab comments
A formal complaint was made to gardaí yesterday.
YouTube bans Gemma O'Doherty over 'hate speech' policy breaches
O’Doherty continued to post videos on a second YouTube account despite receiving a seven-day ban.
Twitter bans 'dehumanising' posts towards religious groups
The social media giant now bans posts that liken religious groups to rats, viruses or maggots.
Calls for sanctions to be placed on local authorities who fail to provide Traveller accommodation
The ECRI said the majority of local authorities have “consistently failed” to provide adequate accommodation for Travellers.
Opinion: It is time to stop paying people to spread hate
Hit them where it hurts. When so-called ‘provocateur’ Milo Yiannopoulos overstepped the line, he lost his book deal and now he is reported to be heavily in debt, writes Kate O’Brien.
Facebook extends ban on hate speech to 'white nationalists'
Facebook previously linked expressions of white nationalism with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism.
The features of online hate speech in Ireland and why it's often not flagged
A DCU report said that there were two types of people who posted hate speech: those “versed” in it and those who just reproduce it.
'He hasn't violated our rules': Twitter chief defends not suspending Infowars' Alex Jones
Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube have all banned Alex Jones, who runs the website Infowars.
Kilkenny mosque debate: 'This could become dangerous. Tensions could escalate'
This week I wished I lived in Ballaghadareen and not in Kilkenny, writes Malcolm Noonan.
US college professor cancels cultural freedoms class after use of racial slur causes anger
Colleagues say Professor Emeritus Lawrence Rosen has often used the slur during lectures on free speech.
'Harmful and offensive': Complaint against Katie Hopkins' Today FM appearance rejected
Hopkins had been discussing hate speech on The Last Word.
Germany to fine tech giants up to €50 million for hate speech and fake news
A Syrian refugee recently lost a court case after he was targetted by Facebook trolls over a photo with Angela Merkel.
Extremist who called Jewish people 'subhuman animals' jailed in London
Lawrence Burns has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Dutch anti-Islam politician to snub his own hate speech trial
Geert Wilders is facing charges over comments made in 2014 about Moroccan residents in the Netherlands.
Council of Europe slams infamous "cockroaches" column by Katie Hopkins as "hate speech"
The body says hate speech has “soared” since 2013.
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary found guilty of inciting support for ISIS
Legal restrictions were placed on the verdict being made public until now.
Facebook and co have to remove hate speech within 24 hours - but it 'won't change the reality'
The new rules will see companies like Facebook review and remove hate speech within 24 hours of being notified.
Slap on the wrist for FM104 over caller who called Africans 'parasites'
The man said Irish women who date African men are “absolute sluts”.
"We must demand true equality": Canada introduces new laws protecting transgender people
“We are still witnesses, and in some cases, victims of injustices,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mark Zuckerberg had a dig at Trump for his talk of "building walls"
“It takes courage to choose hope over fear,” he said in a keynote speech.
Google takes down Taliban propaganda app
The app, which was designed to show news and videos from the group, was only up shortly before it was taken down.
UK Parliament could be set to consider a debate on banning Donald Trump
A petition needs to reach 100,000 signatures for the action to take place.