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Hate Speech vs Freedom of Speech
Where is the boundary between freedom of speech and hate speech? How is stereotyping connected to hate speech? Learn how hate speech can foster animosity and how to counteract it.
How to Report Hate Speech Online
If you ever see others spreading unacceptable content, do not pass it by. Report it.
Estonia has mechanisms in place for reporting cyber-bullying through their KiVa anti-bullying platform, and hate crimes should always be reported to the police. Estonia also has a web police unit. If hate speech or troublesome content appears in the media, and is about you or concerns you directly, you can file a complaint with the Estonian Press Council which evaluates whether the material published is in accordance with journalistic ethics, however, the Council cannot make anyone remove the problematic content.
Latvia has several ways to report hate speech. The State Police can be contacted for instances of social hatred or hate crimes, the Security Police for national, racial, or ethnic hate speech, and the Latvian Centre for Human Rights for reporting hate speech or hate crimes of any kind—they assist in assessing the potential crime and offer legal assistance, if needed. There is also an app for State Police where one can report crimes committed online.
In Lithuania, hate speech can be reported to the NGO Mano Teises for legal assistance, or to the Office of the Inspector of Journalistic Ethics that monitors online hate speech and can conduct non-criminal investigations, including issuing fines. One may also report to the National LGBT Association LGL for LGBT+ specific crimes and free legal assistance, or directly to State Police. The resource Nepyka has resources on different types of hate speech/crimes, how to determine if hate speech has occurred, and how to report.