“Should we be free to hate?” – ECPMF’s young writer competition ‘1000 words for freedom’
Darth Vader is a hater. For sure. Hate is where his strength and power comes from. His symbol is the death star.
Okay, it‘s fiction. Classic science fiction, actually.
In our world, the real world, most of the haters can be found in social media. There they hide behind a mask of anonymity. However more and more often they reveal themselves. Because they feel safe, because they think they have the right to say what they want to say.
Hate speech can be disturbing, embarrassing, frightening, destructive. So shouldn’t we just try to elimate it? By law? Or would that mean to eliminate also the freedom of expression? Isn’t it okay to express all our feelings? Should we be free to hate?
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is proud to announce this year’s competition for young writers. We ask you, young people under the age of 27, to write up to 1,000 words on the question: Should we be free to hate?
The contest is open for entries from 5th October 2017 to 31st December 2017.
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