About the campaign

Watch this great video from Portugal that explains No Hate Speech

- A story about cats, unicorns and hate speech


Find out more about No Hate Speech Movement

Academic Gavan Titley (NUIM) has compiled the ten best reasons to take part in the No Hate Speech Movement and to fight intolerance in all its forms, especially online.


The Internet has become a global space for creativity, communication and participation. Online, we can create, share and use media content in a variety of ways and with very little effort. This is even more the case on social networks, where we can upload, forward, comment or promote content.

Internet users, and young people in particular, have a right to perceive their online interactions as benefitting from the freedom of expression and information. Consequently they should expect what is communicated online to be uncensored. However, reality tells us that the online world is also a space where the values of human rights are often ignored or violated. Among others, hate speech online has become a major form of human rights abuse, with very serious consequences for people, both online and offline. Young people are directly concerned as victims, targets, active and passive agents. But hate speech affects all of society.

"Hate speech, as defined by the Council of Europe, covers all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance, including: intolerance expressed by aggressive nationalism and ethnocentrism, discrimination and hostility against minorities, migrants and people of immigrant origin."

The whole project is a tribute to youth participation and co-management. It was born from a proposal of the youth representatives of the Advisory Council on Youth and was endorsed by the Joint Council on Youth, which brings together the members of the Advisory Council on Youth and the governmental youth representatives of the European Steering Committee on Youth. For more details on the project you can visit the Campaign coordination site.


Strategic dimensions of the Campaign

The campaign is against the expressions of hate speech online in all its forms, including those that most affect young people, such as forms of cyber-bullying and cyber-hate. The campaign is based upon human rights education, youth participation and media literacy. It aims to reduce hate speech and to combat discrimination online. The campaign is not run to limit freedom of expression online.


The goals of the campaign are to:
  • reduce the levels of acceptance of online hate speech;
  • raise awareness of hate speech online and the risks it poses for democracy and young people;
  • involve young people in learning, living and acting for human rights, online and offline;
  • promote media and Internet literacy;
  • mobilise a network of online youth activists to defend human rights;
  • support and show solidarity to people and groups targeted by hate speech online;
  • advocate the development of and consensus on European policy instruments combating hate speech;
  • develop online youth participation and citizenship, including in Internet governance processes.
National campaigns

The campaign is initiated and run by the Council of Europe but it is based on national campaigns run in the member states of the Council of Europe.

National governments were invited to initiate the setting up of National Campaign Committees. National committees operate their own national online Campaign platforms.