HATE SPEECH IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: Monthly Monitoring Highlights

Throughout the month of June, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. As June was Pride Month, homophobia continued to be present within traditional and social media alongside a large range of hate speech including sexist narratives and ethnic discrimination across all six Western Balkan countries. Ethnic Discrimination between …

BALKAN TROLL OF THE MONTH: TV Happy

The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate on the internet based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. Our June Troll of the Month was …

“HATE SLAVS” – HATE SPEECH IN THE BALKANS

Hate speech is commonplace in public discourse in the Balkans Offensive language, insinuations, labelling, presenting false information about people in public discourse with no holds barred, whether it is the media or the assembly i.e., in public debates, or in messages on social media and other public platforms, has become more the norm than an …

HOMOPHOBIA IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: Monthly Monitoring Highlight

Throughout May, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives. Due to June being the month that several events take place globally to recognise the impact of the LGBTQ+ community we will have a country spotlight that focuses on homophobia. During our monitoring activities we have also encountered incidents relating to hate …

BALKAN TROLL OF THE MONTH: Fax.al news

The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate on the internet based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. Our May Troll is Fax.al news which …

WHEN THE MEDIA USE TERRORIST TROPES: The Coverage of Dine Hoxha Attack in Albania

On 19 April 2021, a young man entered the “Dine Hoxha” mosque in Tirana, the capital of Albania, and injured five people by stabbing them. According to testimonies by his family members, the man used to attend prayers in the mosque frequently after he had converted to Islam. During the coverage of the incident by …

HATE SPEECH IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: Monthly Monitoring Highlights

Throughout April, RDN monitoring team has detected diverse type of hateful narratives. This month we will have a country spotlight including five Western Balkans countries. Roma in North Macedonia: Hate speech from high school teacher on International Roma Day A teacher at the economic high school in Tetovo made offensive comments on her Facebook account …

BALKAN TROLL OF THE MONTH: Tahir Batatini, Kosovo Football Coach

The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate on the internet based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. Our April Troll is Kosovo football coach …

HATE SPEECH DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN ALBANIA

On 25 April, Albania had its parliamentary elections and the current Prime Minister, Edi Rama is set to win as preliminary results show. However, the focus of this article is not the political environment or the results of the elections but what happened during the electoral campaign. By looking at the rhetoric of all sides …