2019 unfortunately took off where the last year left us, with many examples of individuals and entire media outlets spreading anti-religious and racist views. We’ve created a countdown of some of the worst perpetrators of the year: In number 12, we have the Belgium paper Doorbraak who published an article recounting a speech Wim de Wit made at an IJzerwake event in which he claimed “In principle, freedom of expression still applies, except when it comes to Muslims, Negroes, holibi’s [homosexual, lesbian and bisexual individuals], Transgender people, transvestites, Gypsies, feminists and certain politicians.”. Read our article where we criticise Doorbraak for their lack of journalistic criticism of the speech. In 11th place, we have the French TV Channel…
According to Rod Liddle, advocating to keep entire religious groups from voting is “light hearted banter,” that should be taken with a grain of salt. If that is the case, here are a few more examples of 'light hearted banter'.
Halle's antisemitic assassin’s behaviour is in line with the new form of right-wing terrorism whose nucleus is a network characterized by right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and toxic masculinity. Stephan Balliet is an example of the increasing "gamification" of hate.
Earlier this month, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) released the Freedom of Religion or Belief and Security Policy Guidance, a handbook intended for policymakers to better craft policies that further religious freedoms.
Over the past few months, major social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have been under increasing pressure to monitor and remove hateful, potentially dangerous content from their platforms. Many have taken this criticism into account; Facebook recently announced that it would treat all white supremacy messages with the same vigilance as terrorism content, while Twitter amended its hate speech policies to include anything that dehumanises a group of people, with specific attention to anti-religious hatred.