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News, Updates, and More from Facing Facts

Welcome to our third Facing Facts Newsletter! A lot has happened since our second newsletter in July. We are building the infrastructure to support our expanded network and we continue to welcome new members. To learn more about how to become a member please email Facing Facts Network Director Melissa Sonnino at

Read on for more about our work and for news about key developments in hate crime and hate speech.


Facing Facts Statement on the Killing of Alika Ogorchukwo

Facing Facts issued a statement on the terrible killing of Alika Ogorchukwo. We support the European Network Against Racism - ENAR call for justice for him and his family and draw attention to the importance of ensuring that law enforcement have the knowledge and skills to fully acknowledge community perceptions of bias motive and to understand and implement the ECtHR duty to take all steps to unmask bias motivation.  

Read the statement here
British Society of Criminology Hate Crime Network Podcast
The BSC's Hate Crime Network podcast hosted and interesting discussion with Dr Jack López on the nature and impact of discrimination and hate experienced by the trans community. His points on why it is essential to involve trans people directly in policy making, and how to do it, are compelling and practical.
META's First Annual Human Rights Report
META published the first yearly assessment and revision of initiatives for human rights on its platforms. META structured its report on UN, EU, and US human rights standards and on UN Principle 15 on Business and Human Rights in particular. The report looks at misinformation, stereotypes, and hate speech content shared on the platforms and how these phenomena informed the revision of META's community guidelines.
The report highlights the critical role of trusted flaggers and CSOs in improving platform moderators' responses and communicating on emerging trends by amplifying the voices of marginalised communities.
Community Security Trust Report: Antisemitism in the Covid Conspiracy Movement

The Antisemitism in the Covid conspiracy Movement report analyses the disparate ideological strands and the leading figures of Covid conspiracy movements. CST's analysis found an increase in antisemitic conspiracy theories and online content related to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, compared to 2020. Ancient stereotypes such as blood libel, well poisoning, and the happy merchant graphic, together with new forms of antisemitism such as the "Zoom bombing" are identified. CST also reports on police and counter-terrorism officials' concern on links between conspiracy movements and violence.


Registration for Facing Facts Online Autumn programme on identifying, monitoring and responding to hate crime

The 4-week European programme starts on October 24th and is now open for registration. Through participatory and peer learning methods, participants will learn the fundamentals of the hate crime concept and gain key skills in identifying, and monitoring gate crimes and in developing victim-focused responses across affected communities.
To participate in the programme, fill in this form by September 15th.

The course is now accredited with the Official CPD Standards Office Accreditation. This means that participants have the opportunity to be awarded with CPD hours and a CPD Certificate when they meet the specified completion criteria.. 

German Online programme on Identifying, Monitoring and Countering Hate Speech starts September 19th on the Facing Facts platform

The 6-week German programme on hate speech delivered by on the Facing Facts Online platform will run from September 19th to October 28th. Through participatory and peer learning methods, participants will learn the nature and effects of hate speech, gain key skills in identifying, monitoring, and creating counter-narratives to hate speech online. More information on the course here.
Facing Facts Seeks a Communications Officer Extended Deadline

The Facing Facts Network is looking for a talented and driven communications officer to develop and implement our communications strategy for
the next four years.

Please spread the job spec across your networks!

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