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World Press Freedom Forum – Hate speech and MIL –
May 6, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
World Press Freedom Forum
– Hate speech and possibility of Media and Information Literacy –
The aim of the forum is to think the situation of hate speech and “hate news” on Koreans, Chinese and Okinawans as well as anti-hate speech and the MIL movements in Japan. Recently, hate speech over resident-Koreans has been widespread on both social media and the streets, creating an atmosphere of intolerance and racism.
In 2016, Japan enacted the anti-hate speech law and anti- hate speech education required by the government. But they have not had systematic anti- hate speech education at all in the face of hate speech and false rumor flooding on social media. This is one of the major challenges facing Japan these days. It appears to be connected to the discrimination to Okinawans and evacuees from the nuclear accident in Fukushima, false rumors and hate speech are having a very negative impact.
AMILEC(Asia-pacific Media and Information Education Centre) held a seminar on March 25th, 2017 with journalist who are engaged in solving the hate speech problems. And we are holding another seminar having more journalists and students discussing and introducing the Media and Information Literacy practice to public schools and Universities. Civic activities are the for countering with hate speech. On the other hand, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will introduce the ESD elements with concept of critical thinking in the next Course of Study that will start in 2020. The ESD program and the anti-hate speech law; they are expected to open up introducing the MIL program into public schools and social movements.