Online hate speech "increasingly affects reality"

Minister of Youth and Sports Alisa Matić says the consequences of hate speech and discrimination on the internet "are being felt more and more".

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For that reason, the minister said on Wednesday, it is necessary to work on awareness-building, referring to young people in particular.

At a meeting of the national committee for the implementation of a campaign against online hate speech, which was set up on March 13, Matić underscored that the objective of that body is to make the internet a safer place for young people and all other citizens.

The committee would combat racial and other types of discrimination that occur on the Internet, and work on ensuring a safe online world, she said.

Matić noted that young people are often unaware that activities in the online world could have consequences in the real world, noting as an example the scheduling of confrontations, fights, racial and other types of discrimination.

Serbia has been among the first countries to join the European campaign aimed at fighting online hate speech, and in these efforts the country is counting on the strong support of the Council of Europe, underlined the minister of youth and sports.

Besides the Ministry of Youth and Sports, other relevant youth organizations, local self-governments and the media will take part in the campaign, she said.

Matić, who chairs the committee, announced that the ministry's officials would attend the launching of the European campaign against hate speech in Strasbourg on March 22.


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