Roundtable: How can online hate speech be stopped?

Kursnummer: 11919

Round table discussion

How can online hate speech be stopped? Legal considerations and best newsroom practices. Participants and discussants: journalists, media experts from Slovakia and Austria.

When: 27 February 2019, from 14:00 to 17:00
Where: Haus of the European Union, Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Vienna, Austria.
Language: English without translation.
Registration deadline: 24 February 2019

Cooperation project:
Forum Journalismus und Medien Wien (fjum)Presseclub Concordia, Representation of the European Commission in Austria and Paneuropean University (Bratislava).




The proliferation of hate speech in mass media, online violence against journalists, and rapid distribution of fake news have raised concerns regarding the future of democracy. How can hate speech be contained without affecting the freedom of expression? Is legislation a solution?  Which are the best newsroom practices?



Event presided by Prof. Iveta Radičová, former Slovakia’s Prime Minister

14:00-14:15 Welcome greetings and brief introduction

Prof. Iveta Radičová, Dean, Media Faculty, Pan-European University, Bratislava
Dr Jörg Wojahn, Representative of the European Commission to Austria
Dr Daniela Kraus, Secretary General, Presseclub Concordia
Dr Simon Kravagna, director, Forum Journalismus und Medien Wien (fjum)
Mirjana Tomić, Project Manager, fjum

14:15-15:30 Best newsroom practices in combating hate speech               

Moderator: Prof. Iveta Radičová

 Thematic introduction (5 minutes per speaker)

Dr Liriam Sponholz, Austrian Academy of Sciences and Alpen Adria University
Defining the Concepts

Dr Martin Kasarda, Pan-European University, Bratislava
Between reality and Media: A Professional Area that Deforms News

Javier Luque, International Press Institute, Vienna
Best newsroom practices for countering online hate against journalists and the media. (Summary of the study findings)

Dr Anton Szomolányi, Pan-European University, Bratislava
Image as a form-Item of Manipulation

Discussants: Christian Burger (Der Standard), Matt Rogerson, Head of Public Policy at The Guardian Media Group,
Beata Balogová (SME daily), Vladimír Šnídl (Denník N daily)

Debate with participants.

15:30-15:45 Coffee and networking
15:45-17:00 Can regulation and legislation be an effective tool for countering online hate speech in media? Can regulation be compatible with freedom of expression?

Moderator: Dr Alexander Warzilek, General Manager, Austria Press Council

Thematic introductions (5 minutes per speaker)

Dr Wolfgang Bogensberger, Deputy Representative of the European Commission to Austria
EU Policy and Hate Speech

Dr Katarína Batková, Pan-European University, Bratislava
Responsibility for Hate Speech in the Internet under EU regulation

Dr Krisztina Rozgonyi, University of Vienna
Can regulation and legislation be an effective tool for countering online hate speech? European experiences

Juraj Čorba, Pan-European University, Bratislava
From a Dream of One Free Network to Multiple Nervous Jurisdictions.

Discussants: Dr Michal Vašečka, Pan-European University, Bratislava; Dr Nikolaus Forgò, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna, Dr Hans Peter Lehofer, Judge, Austrian Supreme Administrative Court, Institute for Austrian and European Public Law, University of Business and Economics and Dr Susanne Lackner, Vice Chair, Communications Authority Austria (KommAustria)

Discussion with participants

17:00-18:00 Networking drink


Target Groups

Journalists, media lawyers, media experts

Maximum number of participants: 50


Additional Questions

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27.02.201914:00 - 17:00
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Haus der EU
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien