Nordic voices on freedom of expression and hate speech

3.5.2018 13:00–16:00

Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki, Suomi

Languages: English

Threat and hate have become an ever increasing problem in today’s society. Journalists, politicians and writers, who have become objects for hate campaigns in social media and commenting fields, are forced to practise self-censorship in order to protect themselves.

How can we ensure freedom of speech, one of the cornerstones of our democracy? Where is the red line between illegal threats and the right to express oneself? How does the situation look in the Nordic countries?

Welcome to a seminar on these topics. One of the speakers is the Danish politician and author Özlem Cekic, who seeks to change the world over a cup of coffee. Through her project Dialogkaffe (Dialogue Café), she invites people who have expressed hate or threatened her to a discussion.


13.00  Welcome – Mary Gestrin, Head of Communications, Nordic Council of Ministers

13.10  Keynote – Pekka Haavisto, Member of Finnish Parliament, Former Minister of Environment, Former Minister for International Development

13:30  Özlem Cekic, politician and author (DK)

14:15  Break

14:30  Less hate and fear with the help of technology – Timo Honkela, Professor, Department of Digital Humanities , University of Helsinki

14:45  Panel discussion – researcher Ragnhild Mølster, Bergen University, professor Timo Honkela, University of Helsinki, MP Mika Raatikainen (The Finns Party). Moderator: journalist Kai Jaskari.

15:30  The event ends

Other information:

Free entry, no registration is required.

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