Conference on Freedom of Expression & Hate Speech, Sardinia

Deadline: 29 September 2013
Open to: editors from EU member or candidate country with an appreciation of domestic politics and interest in human rights
Venue: 24-26 October 2013, Cagliari, Sardinia


The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) works internationally to encourage and facilitate responsible media coverage of diversity. It aims to prevent the media from intentionally or unintentionally spreading prejudice, intolerance and hatred which can lead to social tensions, disputes and violent conflict.

The Media Diversity Institute is inviting senior print, online and broadcast editors from across Europe to meet in Cagliari, Sardinia, between 24-26 October 2013, to share their approaches, opinions and experience in relation to the challenge of balancing freedom of expression with the rise of extremist movements in Europe and how media coverage it.  

Across Europe populist and extremist movements are manipulating peoples’ fears and prejudices to build support for their divisive policies at a time of economic crisis. Inciting hatred against unpopular social groups is a classic strategy to gain visibility and garner votes, especially in times of economic crises.

What is the role of the media and journalists when hate speech is on the increase? Who should decide on the limits of freedom of speech? How do media professionals in other countries tackle the problem of hate speech and discrimination? These and other issues will be addressed at the two and half day conference in Sardinia.


Applicants should be working regularly as an editor, have a good knowledge of English, an appreciation of domestic politics and interest in human rights, and be a citizen of an EU country or EU candidate country.


All costs, including travel and accommodation, will be covered by the organisers.


If you are interested in attending, please contact to recieve the application form and send it back together with your CV by the end of 29 September 2013.

Please, read the official call.

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