Standing up against antisemitism in Europe has never been an easy task. In the age when a number of tectonic changes are shaking the nature of public communication, when people get the news from their social feed engineered by Facebook, and in the age when facts do not work – as PR strategists behind Trump and Brexit campaigns claim – monitoring media discourse seems likely to get limited results. “Not at all”, says Giulia Dessi, the coordinator of “Get the Trolls Out”. This project uncovered examples and provides insights into the use of antisemitic rhetoric that not fully reveal patterns, trends and resonance in society, but are sufficient to take action against antisemitic talk.
The Action and Protection Foundation commissioned the Medián Public Opinion and Market Research Institute to study antisemitic prejudice in Hungarian society. One of the conclusions of the study was that nearly one-third of the population hold anti-Semitic views.
The leader of the institute of historical studies run by the government claims that the 1920 law limiting Jews from registering in university did not deprive anyone of their rights. Although politicians of the leading party distanced themselves from Sándor Szakály’s controversial statements, the latter was not dismissed from his post.
Hate speech online: How to stop it? Should you respond to it? Do counter narratives work? How to keep safe from online abuse? Get The Trolls Out has developed the guide "Stopping Hate: How to Counter Hate Speech on Twitter?" which contains useful tips and advice on how to counter hate speech on Twitter. The guide is available in English, Greek and Hungarian and will soon be available in French. You can follow the debate on Twitter with hashtag #StoppingHate and #askGTTO. Click here to read the full guide or download it from the bottom of this page.