5-Point Test for Hate Speech – English – Ethical Journalism Network

This is an international (multi-language) filter that ethical journalists can use to avoid promoting the hate speech of others.

1. STATUS OF THE SPEAKER

How might their position influence their motives?
Should they even be listened to or just ignored?

2. REACH OF THE SPEECH

How far does what’s said travel?

Speaker’s pattern of behavior.

3. GOALS OF THE SPEECH

Does it benefit speaker/interests?

Cause harm to others?

4. THE CONTENT ITSELF

Speech dangerous?

Incite violence towards others?

5. SURROUNDING CLIMATE – SOCIAL/ECONOMIC/POLITICAL

Negative affects.

History of conflicts/discrimination.

The link, besides presenting this guide in a poster format, is meant to reach into the grass roots of worldwide journalism. European and North American audiences have the “luxury” of choice as to who to believe in the news (background noise) they allow into their homes. For most of the rest of the world, there may be only one source of news through social media.

— Read on ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/resources/infographics/5-point-test-for-hate-speech-english

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