Media and internet
During a TV broadcast, a wheelchair user is systematically kept out of the picture, a newspaper describes Roma and caravan dwellers as criminals or dealers, an anonymous Twitter-user calls for all homosexuals to be shot, …
The media plays a role in shaping our worldview. Prejudices about religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and other protected criteria can be reinforced - or dispelled - by the media. Unia regularly receives reports of stereotypical depictions, prejudices, or even hate speech in the media.
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Internet and social media
Are there no limits to what people can say online? When are the boundaries of free speech crossed? What does Unia do? And how can you personally combat online hate? Read more.
Radio, video and television
Where can you report hateful or stereotypical passages from radio, video or television? And what is the difference between written expression and spoken expression on radio, video or television? Read more.
What does Unia do?
Have you heard or read hate speech in one of the types of media mentioned above? Then report it to Unia. We will investigate whether the limits of free speech have been transgressed and we can provide you with advice and guidance.
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Recent articles Media and internet
Unia worried about anti-Semitism in Belgium
Unia will today again press in anti-Semitism hearings in the Belgian Senate for the reintroduction of an anti-Semitism watchdog. The organisation will further ask Minister Kris Peeters, now responsible for Equal Opportunities, to take the first steps towards an inter-federal action plan against discrimination and racism.
European Court: conviction of Belkacem is upheld
Fouad Belkacem is not exonerated by the European Court: his video messages in which he, among other things, calls for fighting against non-Muslims do not fall under freedom of expression. The ruling of the European Court is good news for Unia. In the past Unia has repeatedly filed complaints against Sharia4Belgium, and we were a civil party in the case in the criminal court of Antwerp.
Recent publications Media and internet
Evaluation of federal anti-discrimination legislation (2017)
Article 52 of the Anti-Discrimination Law states that the application and effectiveness of the anti-discrimination laws must be assessed by the Legislative Chambers. Unia has prepared an assessment report on the Anti-Discrimination Law and the Anti-Racism Law based on its own practical experience, national jurisprudence and its general expertise in the fight against discrimination.
Annual report 2015. Living together put to the test.
The year 2015 left a deep mark on our society. Violent conflicts and tensions on a global scale have had a direct impact on us. As we finalise this annual report, Belgium is suffering the repercussions of the bomb attacks at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels.