Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and chairman of the Open Society Institute George Soros will be the keynote speakers. Closing remarks will be given by the Norwegian State Secretary Torgeir Larsen.
The conference is being organised by the Council of Europe and the EEA and Norway Grants together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The aim of the conference is to look at the nature and extent of hate speech in today’s Europe – especially online – and to discuss different ways of tackling intolerance whilst defending free speech.
The conference will hear a number of different viewpoints, including from researchers, online activists against hate speech and relevant NGOs including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Network Against Cyber-Hate. Facebook’s head of European policy will also speak at the event, as will representatives of the “traditional” media and international organisations including the United Nations and the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency.
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For a full overview of program and relevant documents, visit: www.coe.int