We can expect that during Malaysia’s 15th general election (GE15), hate speech will increase especially on social media. These tactics are frequently used to control narratives and influence public understanding of key issues.
Hate speech is problematic. It distracts and diverts attention from solution-focused thinking. And it increases the potential for harm against individuals and marginalised communities.
Hence, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is conducting a hate-speech monitoring project for GE15.
Our aim is to provide a counter-response to hate-based narratives prior to and during GE15, and to enable citizens to respond more effectively when they encounter hate speech.
To promote evidence-based narratives so that public understanding of an issue is not held hostage by hate speech. These rapid responses will hopefully also make it easier for citizens to counter hate speech when they encounter it.
The project’s guiding principles are:
The project is a collaboration with:
Supported by the National Democratic Institute.