Chernivtsi high school students learn how to counteract manipulation and hate speech in the mass media

The next session of the second cycle of workshops on hate speech, discrimination, and fake news took place on 26 April at the Museum of the History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews and was attended by students of Lyceums No. 4 and No. 12. Most attendees had already participated in the "House of Memory" project via workshops on totalitarian states and their discriminatory practices. The announced topic was also of great interest to the young audience.

During the event, the participants examined the issue of discrimination in society and learned about the main national and international acts that have been adopted to fight it. Preventing discrimination in the context of the war in Ukraine, particularly against IDPs, women in the military, etc., was another important subject of discussion during the seminar.

For a better understanding of the dangers related to hate speech in the media and its possible consequences, the participants and the organizers examined an example of a publication from the Bukovinian press between the First and Second World Wars, from the Czernowitzer Deutsche Tagespost of 1933.

The topics related to the spread of hate speech in online communication and cyberbullying were particularly relevant for the young audience. The high school students shared their own stories related to this phenomenon. Then, the participants and the lecturer, Liliia Shutiak, Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, developed several ways to counteract manipulation and discrimination on social media and prepared a number of memes on this topic, which were presented and discussed at the end of the seminar.