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Report Reflects Emergence of New Terminologies to Spread Hate Speech in #SouthSudan

Radio Miraya

A report on the use of hate speech on social media and its impact on the conflict in South Sudan has been released, indicating the use of new terminologies to spread hatred.

The report by PeaceTech Lab, operating under the United States Institute for Peace, lists emerging terms such as ‘terrorist’ to make attacking comments against ethnic groups.

The bi-weekly reports track publicly available dangerous language found on various social media platforms in order to make connections between online hate speech and violent events.

Theo Dolan, the Director of PeaceTech Lab Africa, explains that the purpose of their reporting is to help mitigate the spread of hateful language in fueling violence on the ground.

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Channels Academy Partners With Peace Agency To Tackle Hate Speech

Channels Television

A growing source of concern that divides people and societies is the use of hate speech through the social and mainstream media.

It is a trend Channels Academy hopes to check in the coming days, working in partnership with the Peace Media and Peace Tech Lab.

The Director of the Peace Media and Peace Tech Lab, Theo Dolan, who was at the launch of the Channels Academy in Abuja, said his organisation would support the academy’s curriculum.

“With the launch of the Channels (journalism) Academy, we can integrate hate speech training into the academy’s curriculum and that is what we are hoping to do. We’ll be in discussions about that and I think this is something that professional media can learn more about as well,” he said.

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Waging Peace: Media's Role in Middle East Conflicts

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) held a panel discussion on the media’s influence in Middle Eastern conflicts at its Washington, DC headquarters on May 8. Entitled “Fanning the Flames or Fueling the Peace?”, it featured Anand Varghese, program officer of the PeaceTech Initiative, which is run by the USIP; Susanne Fischer, regional program manager at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting; and Ammar al-Shahbander, chief of mission at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting.

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