(18 March 2019) A large group of organisations including the ETUC have called for the upcoming EU elections campaigning to be free from hate speech and divisive rhetoric. Such language legitimises hateful actions and poses a threat to human rights. The group demands that MEP candidates, politicians, the media and those in the public eye do not engage in, or amplify rhetoric that may incite discrimination, prejudice or hatred on any grounds. They also ask that such language is actively countered. Hate speech pervades all aspects of our lives and is used by many populists and extremists.
The groups are asking all MEP candidates to sign the #ElectNoHate appeal.