Hate Speech in Cyberspace - Dr. Mohamed Hossam Ismail

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What is the impact of hate speech on victims according to the text?

It can cause emotional distress, social isolation, and even physical harm.

In which country is incitement to hate speech considered a crime punishable by law?

Egypt

Which group faced an incident of hate speech in Kom al-Raheb according to the text?

Copts

What negative consequences can hate speech have, as mentioned in the text?

It can create a hostile environment for the target group.

What is one of the reasons for the persistence of hate speech in Egypt, according to the text?

The lack of legislation defining and prohibiting hate speech

Which group in Kom al-Raheb faced resistance when trying to build a church?

Copts

What happened on 10 December 2018 in Kom al-Raheb?

The closure of a building where mass was illegally held

Why did the Copts eventually decide to use a house for prayer in Kom al-Raheb?

They were not allowed to build a church

What is one structural reason mentioned in the text for the persistence of hate speech in Egypt?

Inability of the state to mediate differences between ethnic and religious groups

Study Notes

Hate Speech and Its Consequences

  • Hate speech can have negative consequences, including emotional distress, social exclusion, and even physical harm on victims.

Legal Framework

  • In Egypt, incitement to hate speech is considered a crime punishable by law.

Incidents of Hate Speech

  • In Kom al-Raheb, the Coptic community faced an incident of hate speech.

Persistence of Hate Speech

  • One reason for the persistence of hate speech in Egypt is the lack of adequate law enforcement and application of the law.
  • A structural reason for the persistence of hate speech in Egypt is the weak institutional and societal safeguards against it.

Coptic Community in Kom al-Raheb

  • The Coptic community in Kom al-Raheb faced resistance when trying to build a church.
  • On 10 December 2018, the Coptic community in Kom al-Raheb was forced to pray in the street after being denied access to a church.
  • The Coptic community eventually decided to use a house for prayer in Kom al-Raheb due to the lack of a church and the resistance they faced.

Explore the key ideas related to hate speech in cyberspace, as presented by Dr. Mohamed Hossam Ismail. This includes the definition of hate speech, reasons for its prevalence in Egypt, and notable incidents involving Coptic and Nubian communities. Additionally, learn about the strategies for combating hate speech.

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