Participation in a consultation hosted by the President of Slovenia
Coordinator of the hotline Spletno oko (Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za družbene vede, Center za družboslovno informatiko) Andrej Motl participated at the event on freedom of speech and hate speech, hosted by Slovenian president Borut Pahor at the Presidential palace in Ljubljana on December 13th 2018. With the intention of exchanging expert opinions regarding current regulation of this field and understanding appropriate distinction between freedom of speech and hate speech, the president invited 16 experts from various fields to the event.
Andrej Motl from Spletno oko mainly focused on challenges related to the guidelines that was adopted by The Office of the State Prosecutor General in 2013. He noted that due to very strict criteria for criminal prosecution, many very problematic cases of hate speech are not being addressed. And as one of the problems, he also pointed out that the guidelines of the prosecutor's office somewhat extended to the general understanding of hate speech in the society.