Call for Applications: Regulating “Hate Speech” in the Media

Imagining Better Ways to Promote Equality and Freedom of Expression

A Workshop for European Media Regulatory and Self-regulatory Institutions

London, 5-6 October 2017


  • What is the role of media regulators and press councils in promoting the rights to freedom of expression and equality in the media?
  • What types of “hate speech” may be prohibited under international law?
  • What examples are there of good practice by media regulatory and self-regulatory bodies across Europe in responding to “hate speech”?
  • What creative and innovative approaches could reinforce freedom of expression and equality in the media, including the social media presence of media actors?

ARTICLE 19 is inviting applications from representatives of audio-visual media regulatory bodies and press councils from across the European Union to participate in a two-day workshop on international legal standards on regulating hate speech in the media. The workshop will provide a space for sharing experience and best practices and will include a mixture of theoretical and practical sessions. The workshop will also seek to elaborate new, creative and innovative approaches towards promoting equality and freedom of expression in the media, including the social media presence of media actors.

ARTICLE 19 is an international non-governmental organisation, working globally to promote freedom of expression and access to information. The theoretical session of the workshop will draw on ARTICLE 19’s body of work on media regulation, self-regulation and responding to hate speech,  including the 2015 Toolkit on Hate Speech, a detailed exploration of the international legal framework and the complexities of its application. Endorsed by high-level UN officials and civil society and academic experts, ARTICLE 19’s policy documents aim to promote greater global consensus about how to effectively counter “hate speech”, while protecting the rights to freedom of expression and equality.

The workshop is part of #MediaAgainstHate, a Europe-wide campaign led by the European Federation of Journalists and a coalition of civil society organisations. The campaign involves journalists, civil society, lawyers and regulatory bodies, in order to counter hate speech and discrimination in the media, both on and offline.

ARTICLE 19 will cover travel, accommodation and a modest per diem while in London.

To apply, please send a CV and short letter of motivation, stating your expectations for the workshop and describing one good practice in the field of countering hate speech and/or promoting freedom of expression from your institution or your country to: by Monday 28 August. Please use the subject heading ‘Hate Speech Seminar’. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 September.

The project is financially supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.