Restricting Hate Speech
Beaconhouse Margalla Campus
In collaboration with Menifee County School
Global Citizens in Action Collaborative Project
Beaconhouse Margalla Campus in Islamabad, participated in a virtual
exchange program hosted by Global Nomads Group. As part of the 2014-
15 Global Citizens in Action program, our school collaborated with Menifee
County School in Menifee, Kentucky, to develop solutions to the challenges
our communities face.
The students at Beaconhouse Margalla created a
Documentary project to address the problem of Hate speech
in our community.
Our project is designed for the global audience because hate
speech is an issue concerning all of us
Restricting Hate Speech
In the last few years, the problem of hate speech itself and issues arising
from it have been affecting our community in numerous ways. Through
this project, we aim to and hope for achieving an understanding of the
vitality of the issue, and distinguishing it from freedom of speech.
We hope the audience understands the tremendous significance of
curbing hate speech and the repercussions of failing to do so.
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The Charlie Hebdo incident and the Chapel Hill shootings took place
while we were discussing the issues, which led us to substantiating a
documentary on restricting hate speech and distinguishing it from
freedom of speech. We gathered views from different people about their
perceptions of and on hate speech, which helped us portray the issue
Weekly discussions were held in form of debates
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Further, we collected statistical evidence which shows that hate
crimes restricting to certain groups have been on an increase
recently. Some developments like the Pope’s statement regarding not
hurting the sentiments of others helped us along the way. Also, we
hoped that our efforts in this project would draw a clear distinction
between what freedom of speech is and what hate speech is. This
effort is briefly displayed in the video above.
The main challenge we faced was the reluctance by some
people to recognize hate speech as a distinguishably
different thing from the freedom of speech. Some people
looked onto hate speech as a restriction of freedom of
speech but we were helped in drawing the line by
international developments, most importantly, the Pope’s
address after the Charlie Hebdo incident.
• Although it is often taken
as synonymous with base
racism, hate speech
constitutes many other
offences. Apart from
racism (for which it is a
root cause), religion and
ethnicity are also major
which hate speech arises.
….….What is consists of
Recent incident of hate
• Due to ethnic stress
arising from hate speech
between two tribes , a
tragedy occurred in the
Pakistani town of Turbat
where 20 laborers were
shot while they were
sleeping in their tents.
Take to the streets
It takes a few people to accomplish wonders.
What can hundreds do for a cause?
We did our bit by creating a
kick starter social awareness
You can do your bit
Social media; a true double-edged
sword. Although often cited as a
medium for hate speech to
develop. It can be used too for the
curbing of hate speech, through
spreading awareness and building
friendships beyond the paradigms
and stigmas awarded to others.
We helped Menifee County School
by providing them feedback of
whatever they asked us. One
major contribution we made was
that during the IVC’s, we assessed
their projects and that gave them
a view of what to and what not to
do in it.
Menifee county school assisted
us when we needed different
views on hate speech. They also
helped us in realizing that the
issue is of paramount
importance, when we thought of
opting to materialize a project
on a divergent issue.
We hope to campaign for this
project further, as the
importance of this issue
seems to only rise
The main success of this
project is that we have
initiated a much needed
debate on the importance
of classifying hate speech
differently than freedom of
speech. Also dismissing
the assertions of hate
speech being protected by
freedom of speech.