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​Commission conducts research into hate speech

Graphic: Crowded street in Seoul, Korea

The research is the first of its kind to be conducted in Korea, with date gathered through surveys, interviews and online analysis of hate speech.

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea conducted a research into the nature of hate-speech in Korea and measures for its regulation.

Since 2010, the issue of hate speech has received growing social attention, especially online expressions of hate speech.

The research is the first of its kind to be conducted in Korea, with researchers gathering data through surveys, interviews and online analysis of hate speech.

A total of 1,014 cases were surveyed in order to identify the prevalence of hate speech in Korea.

In addition, interviews were conducted with women, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities and migrants to identify the types and impact of hate speech.

Victims of hate speech said they were excluded from social life because of prejudice and stigma. Many said they experienced depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, while some had attempted suicide.

While some people are calling for an act of parliament to regulate hate speech, others worry that such act would curb freedom of expression.

Researchers believe that in addition to an act regulating hate speech, it is necessary to establish a social environment where hate speech cannot take root.

Based on the results of the research and opinion from experts, the Commission will develop proposed measures for preventing and responding to hate speech.

Date: 27 February 2017

Source: National Human Rights Commission of Korea


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