THE IMPRESS PODCAST | EPISODE #8: Countering Hate Speech, with Zlatina Siderova of the European Journalism Centre

In this episode of the IMPRESS podcast, our Complaints and Investigations Manager Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana speaks to Zlatina Siderova, Project Manager at the European Journalism Centre (EJC), about hate speech and journalism in the online world, as well as the Data-driven Approach to Countering Hate Speech (DACHS) project, jointly implemented by the EJC and software research and development company DataScouting. 



Since 1992, the European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development. The EJC is an international non-profit, headquartered in The Netherlands, that connects journalists with new ideas, skills and people. 

DACHS focuses on the automation of Hate Speech recognition in order to facilitate its analysis in supporting countermeasures at scale. The project maps and models hate speech against journalists, as unofficial moderators or direct targets, across social platforms in order to develop deep learning-based hate speech detection models and an open-source hate speech database.


"Hate speech against journalists has icnreased significantly, especially against women, so in an attempt to understand the nature of online hate and how to better protect journalism professionals the EJC partnered with a Greek media monitoring company called DataScouting and together they developed DACHS."

"We already knew the detrimental emotional effects of being exposed to hate speech but we were actually able to witness how online hate affected emotional balance because as we were heavily dependent on human annotation... we saw our annotators felt increasingly uncomfortable at certain points after browing through hundreds of examples of threats and incitements of violence." 

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