SOUTH SUDAN / COUNTERING HATE SPEECH

02-May-2017 00:01:35
Ahead of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated every May 3rd, UNESCO conducted a first national conference on countering hate speech for peace in South Sudan. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / COUNTERING HATE SPEECH
TRT: 01:35
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 02 MAY 2017, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Various shot, meeting room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sardar Umar Alam, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to South Sudan:
“This approach will open the door to potential censorship and controversy over who judges veracity and how. But, by combating ill and challenges of hate speech one should not do it at the expense of freedom of expression. Finding ways through this issue is of great important not only for media professionals but for societies in general, government in particular, since societies cannot function and develop without free independent professional journalism based on principles of fact checking, reflecting multitude of informed opinions, protecting the confidentiality of media sources, and ensuring general safety.”
3. Wide shot, meeting room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Aleer, Undersecretary South Sudan ministry of Information:
“We must learn from the examples of others. We have seen it in Rwanda, we have seen it in so many other countries. It is not only because people are illiterate that a hate speech finds its ways to destroy the society. Even in the elites, even in the elite society, when people are hungry of power they tend to use their muscles to destroy the society.”
5. Wide shot, meeting room
STORYLINE
Ahead of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated every May 3rd, UNESCO today (02 May) conducted a first national conference on countering hate speech for peace in South Sudan.

The conference brought together various actors and stakeholders who have in different ways looked into an issue which is increasingly of concern as it is associated to incitement to violence.

The opening remarks were delivered by UNESCO Representative to South Sudan Sardar Umar Alam.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sardar Umar Alam, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to South Sudan:
“This approach will open the door to potential censorship and controversy over who judges veracity and how. But, by combating ill and challenges of hate speech one should not do it at the expense of freedom of expression. Finding ways through this issue is of great important not only for media professionals but for societies in general, government in particular, since societies cannot function and develop without free independent professional journalism based on principles of fact checking, reflecting multitude of informed opinions, protecting the confidentiality of media sources, and ensuring general safety.”

The Undersecretary of South Sudan Ministry of Information, Justin Aleer, said South Sudan has suffered a lot from hate speech and must learn from the others.

SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Aleer, Undersecretary South Sudan Ministry of Information:
“We must learn from the examples of others. We have seen it in Rwanda, we have seen it in so many other countries. It is not only because people are illiterate that a hate speech finds its ways to destroy the society. Even in the elites, even in the elite society, when people are hungry of power they tend to use their muscles to destroy the society.”

Hate speech is a global issue and multilateral treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil Rights and Political Rights (ICCPR) have sought to define its contours.
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