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OSCE Meeting on the Relationship between Racist, Xenophobic and Anti-Semitic Propaganda on the Internet and Hate Crimes, Paris, 16 – 17 June 2004


(16 and 17 June, Paris)

In the Maastricht Decision on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, participating States reaffirmed their commitment to promote tolerance and non-discrimination and to combat hate crimes, which may be fuelled by racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic propaganda on the Internet. To further these goals, the participating States held a meeting in Paris on June 16-17 to initiate a broad debate on the possible link between racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic propaganda on the Internet and hate crimes.

Those attending included officials from governments of OSCE participating States, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations and the internet industry. During the Meeting, participants condemned racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic propaganda, and noted that such propaganda is easily spread on the Internet. Participants also reaffirmed the importance of fully respecting the rights to freedom of information and expression, which is vital to democracy and in fact strengthened by the Internet.
Participants also reiterated their commitment to combat hate crimes and stressed the importance of promoting tolerance, mutual respect, dialogue, and understanding, including through the Media and the Internet.
Participants noted that access to the wide array of information and diverse set of opinions available on the Internet can serve to reduce ignorance and prejudice.

Participants agreed to strengthen efforts to use the Internet as a tool for promoting tolerance, mutual respect and understanding and educating users about hate crimes and all forms of intolerance. All concurred that such education efforts should especially be directed toward young people and other targets of groups seeking to propagate racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic ideas.

Those attending the Meeting also agreed to promote, where appropriate under existing national legislation, areas of additional cooperation, particularly voluntary initiatives by NGOs, religious associations and/or other groups directed toward researching and monitoring racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic propaganda and incitement to violence on the Internet.
Participants expressed their appreciation for the work done by the office of the OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media in collecting updated data provided by participating States resulting from a questionnaire launched by the CiO of the OSCE.

Participants agreed to create opportunities, including during the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, to promote sharing of best practices. Equally they agreed to foster exchanges directed toward identifying effective approaches for addressing the issue of racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic propaganda on the Internet that do not endanger freedom of information and expression.

Participants also agreed that appropriate follow up should be considered at the Ministerial Meeting of the OSCE in Sofia, when planning further OSCE actions oriented toward promoting tolerance, mutual respect and understanding and combating Racism, Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism.

OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Solomon Passy, speaks to the press, May 2004. (Photo OSCE/Mikhail Evstafiev)
OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Solomon Passy, speaking to the press,
May 2004. (Photo OSCE/Mikhail Evstafiev)

OSCE Meeting on Racist, Xenophobic and Anti-Semitic Propaganda on the Internet

haGalil onLine:
Tension between freedom of speech and control of incitement
I think it became clear, that we cannot perceive the internet primarily as a threat, but much more should use the chance it offers to promote understanding and dialogue in a pluralistic and global society...
(Soundfile from Paris RA)

Public and Private Partnership:
The Fight Against Racism, Xenophobia and anti-Semitism on the Internet
An Introduction by Miklós Haraszti, OSCE-Representative on Freedom of the Media...

Some arguments by Ms. Karin Spaink:
Why discriminatory speech on the internet cannot – and should not – be banned
OSCE / FOM Objections pertaining to constitutional rights and the law...

Technical and political considerations:
Is prohibiting hate-speech feasible - or desirable?
At the OSCE Paris conference a number of countries / NGOs appealed to regulate the internet in order to stop hate speech. However, and contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as 'the internet'...

Security and Transparency:
Online Propaganda and the Commission of Hate Crimes
by Michael Whine, Chairman of the Community Security Trust, which provides defence and security services for the Jewish community in the UK...

Free Speech:
..."Let the bright light of truth expose their bigotry, so their lies can be unmasked"...
by Stephan M. Minikes, Ambassador, U.S. Mission...

Christian Antijudaism:
Cyberspace is a reflection of the world-at-large
If we put enough effort in education that promotes respect for differences, peaceful co-existence and tolerance, the Internet will also become hate-free...

One of the most acute dilemmas facing us at the outset of the Twenty-First Century:
The proliferation of hate material on the internet

Mass communication is not anymore on its infancy. With the Internet, we are dealing with a phenomenon unparalleled in all of History. Instant communication is possible, to all points on the globe, at minimum cost...

16./17. Juni - OSZE-Konferenz in Paris:
Fremdenhass und Antisemitismus im Internet

Am kommenden Mittwoch und Donnerstag findet in Paris eine OSZE-Konferenz statt, die die Zusammenhänge zwischen rassistischer, fremdenfeindlicher und antisemitischer Propaganda im Internet und Hassdelikten zum Thema hat...

Antisemitische Propaganda im Internet:
Hass ist das Ende der Welt

Methoden zur Rechtsdurchsetzung und Erfahrungen mit der strafrechtlichen Verfolgung antisemitischer u./o. rechtsextremistischer Hetze...

Ein Motivvorrat, der in jeder Epoche wieder aktualisiert werden kann:
Zum Begriff des Antisemitismus

Die Wortbildung basiert auf sprachwissenschaftlichen und völkerkundlichen Unterscheidungen des ausgehenden 18. Jahrhunderts, in denen mit dem Begriff des Semitismus der "Geist" der semitischen Völker im Unterschied zu dem der Indogermanen erfasst und abgewertet werden sollte...

[ENGLISH] [FRENCH]   [SoundFile (English) OSCE Conference Berlin- Session 4 / David Gall]

hagalil.com 20-06-2004


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