Berlin: conference on the rise of online hate and conspiracy theories

There is an increasing number of instances of online hate speech and conspiracy theories. What is the reason for this? Who are the victims? Does online hate speech give rise to real violence against particular groups? What dangers do conspiracy theories pose? Does this have an impact on the public perception of journalism and are the media currently experiencing a crisis of trust? Should politicians be coming up with counter-measures?

These questions will lie at the heart of a conference in Berlin on 13 February organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in conjunction with the Bundestag, as part of the activities of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance.

Speakers will include Caren Marks, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; Gerd Billen, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection; Frank Schwabe (Germany, SOC), Vice-Chair of the German delegation to PACE; Gabriela Heinrich (Germany, SOC), the initiator of the conference; and other members of the Bundestag.

Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE), Ambassador of the No Hate Speech Movement; Milena Santerini (Italy, SOC), PACE General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, and Co-ordinator of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance; Cécile Kyenge, Co-president of ARDI (European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup); Sascha Lobo, blogger and online journalist, along with experts and academics will also make a contribution.

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The conference, which will be held on Monday 13 February from 10 am to 6 pm at the Bundestag in Berlin (Marie-Elisabeth Lüders Building), will be open to the press. Please send your requests for accreditation to:

Contact: Nathalie Bargellini, PACE Communication Division ; tel. +33 3 88 41 22 82; mobile +33 6 65 40 32 82 ; e-mail: