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COMET - Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication

Aggressive discussion in social media and journalism – restricting freedom of speech?

The starting point for the project is a concern expressed in public discussions that aggressive discussion spreading in the media may start to restrict freedom of speech. Possible problems caused by aggressive speech are twofold. Firstly, diversity of opinions and arguments is possibly narrowed down in a potential sphere of hatred and fear. Secondly the question arises, whether and to what extent freedom of speech can be restricted, if people or groups are offended or threatened when this freedom is used.

The research collects information on the following questions

1) Is aggressive discussion culture restricting diversity of voices in news journalism
2) Do stigmatising and hostile expressions circulate from online social media discussions to news journalism
3) What kind of editorial and moderating practices are news media and other central websites applying on online discussion in Finland and elsewhere in Europe
4) Is freedom of speech in online discussions restricted by editorial and moderating practices

The material of the research consists of interviews of journalists, specialists, active online writers and moderators, and discussions in news media and online, in addition to public and media companies’ internal guidelines for journalistic and moderating practices. The material is collected from Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Great Britain.

The research project is now finished. English summary of the findings is available here. A presentation concerning moderation practices in the above-mentioned countries can be read here.

Contact persons:

Researchers:
Reeta Pöyhtäri
tel. +358 50 318 5942
reeta.poyhtari (a) uta.fi

Paula Haara

Research director:
Pentti Raittila
tel +358 400 615 212
pentti.raittila (a) uta.fi

Partner:
Helsingin Sanomat Foundation

Duration: 2012 – 2013

 
Post address: Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication, FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland
Visiting address: Kalevantie 4, E-Wing,(3 rd floor)
Maintained by: cmt.info@uta.fi
Last update: 15.11.2013 13.08 Muokkaa

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