Event: Digital Detoxification: Challenging Hateful Content in the Online Public Sphere

Date: 11 June 2019

Country: Hungary

Screen_Shot_2019-06-22_at_10.08.51_AMEarlier this month, the Centre for Independent Journalism and the National Association for Hungarian journalists hosted Media Diversity Institute’s “Get The Trolls Out” project for a panel discussion titled, “Digital Detoxification: Challenging Hateful Content in the Online Public Sphere.”

MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic introduced the panel with a keynote address, discussing how the way that sensitive issues, like religion, are discussed in the media both on and offline can lead to severe—and often irreversible repercussions.

“When I first heard the term digital detoxification, I thought of how we are all trying to rid ourselves of our gadets,” she said. “But that is not exactly what we are trying to do. We want the space that we are all using to be used in a more civilized and democratic way, with more respect.”To watch her full keynote speech, click here.

Afterwards, Get the Trolls Out media expert Bea Bodrgoi engaged a panel of experts consisting of MDI’s Nika Yelendorf, Amadeu Antonio Stiftung researcher Miro Dittrich, ETLE journalism professor Anna Gacs and media, communication and politics expert Anna Szilagyi to discuss the definition of hate speech, and the underlying narratives that surround it.

To view these discussions, please click here and here. To read more about our Get the Trolls Out Project, click here.