On 10 and 11 March, the OSCE Mission to Skopje and the Youth Educational Forum jointly hosted the first two Round Tables on Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech for Secondary School Students, aiming to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of hate speech among this population. The events provided information on the freedom of expressions vis-à-vis hate speech, the different forms and consequences of hate speech, as well as about the activities undertaken by the OSCE Mission to Skopje and its local partners in fighting hate speech. Around 50 participants attended the Round Tables in Skopje and Kicevo. There was also a promotion of the first mobile application against hate speech “No Hate”, developed by the Metamorphosis Foundation, with the support of the OSCE Mission to Skopje and the French Embassy in Skopje.

The upcoming Round Tables will take place in the period 17-20 March in Veles, Tetovo and Negotino. The event falls under the ExB project “Empower the youth to respond and tackle hate speech”, supported by the French Embassy in Skopje.