Countering online hate speech: creating counter narrative through good journalism and working with young people

Salam Omer, Editor-in-chief of KirkukNow

By Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development CREID

In the final episode of a series of podcasts on identifying and countering hate speech produced by the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), Emily Buchanan speaks to Salam Omer, Editor-in-Chief at KirkukNow in Iraq, Abdul Bari, Bargad in Pakistan and Haroon Baloch, Bytes for All in Pakistan.

They discuss the importance of creating a counter narrative for example, through a trusted and neutral news platform, available in local languages, giving voice and sharing positive stories about minority groups (KirkukNow); building awareness of hate speech and creating positive narratives working with young people (who represent about 65% of the population in Pakistan) (Bargad), launching "counter campaigns" (for example, the CREID-supported #IDontForwardHate) and reporting outbreaks of hate speech to relevant authorities, such as the tech platforms and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

This podcast was originally recorded in March 2021 and launched at "#Incite! Identifying and challenging online hate speech". 

These podcasts give a voice to those who work in some of the toughest areas in development and explores how religion can impact on the life chances of some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

Interviewees include academic researchers, human rights activists and NGO leaders working in difficult and challenging contexts, navigating local laws, precarious politics and insecurity around human rights and personal safety, including their own. The series is hosted by Emily Buchanan, an award-winning British journalist.

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