What is hate speech?

Definition of Hate speech

Hate speech, as defined by the No Hate Speech Movement Ireland, covers all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or attempt to justify any form of hatred, stereotyping or discrimination based on intolerance.
This includes, but is not limited to, intolerance of people based on their ethnic and cultural backgrounds (including Travellers and Roma), religious belief (including those with none), disability and health (including mental health), sexual orientation and gender identity.  Hate speech also includes sexism, misogyny, aggressive nationalism, and all forms of threatening and/or abusive language based on an identifiable characteristic of a person.

Short definition of hate speech:

Hate speech covers all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or attempt to justify any form of hatred, stereotyping or discrimination that is based on intolerance.