“Hate speech vs Freedom of Speech”

Open Cafe Magenta 30.10.2019
By: Oscar Boldrini

This Week Open Cafe session, which is held every Wednesday at  9pm in Magenta, was dedicated to understand the borders between freedom of speech and hate speech.

We begun the event with a name game in order to break some ice with the newcomers from Scuole Senza Frontiere.

After the Human Bingo to get to know each other we passed to thematic tables, asking participants to share some of the experiences in their countries in relation to hate speech and freedom of speech

To better fix concepts, we regrouped the people, asking the feeling after the dynamics, some of the participants were surprised and shocked to hear histories from other countries, understanding the big cultural difference existing.  After the reflection we started with a “I agree, I disagree” exercise, asking questions related to hate speech. Participants were well motivated and shared with us a lot of ideas.

It was very interesting in the final debriefing to understand what sensations participants felt. Majority of them appreciated the open talk modality used during the evening and thanked for the opportunity!

See you next Wednesday for a new and innovative Open Cafè!!