Local municipalities and civil society from 11 European countries join forces and launch EU CAN network to promote the human rights and the values of European Union and to tackle the waves of hate speeches, intolerance and discrimination among migrants and refugees. European Counter and Alternative Narratives Network officially launched on April 9, 2018.
EU CAN network aims at understanding the triggers and mechanisms of hate speech against migrants and refugees, exploring means of dissemination and replication of successful initiatives that have been launched to prevent negative narratives against migrants and refugees, and examining means of improving the quality of media coverage about migrants and refugees, notably by promoting ethical journalism; building partnerships between media and civil society; and preventing hate speech on the Internet. Moreover, the members focus on building appropriate educational tools to equip their communities to respond to these issues.
The project contributed to contribute, through its activities, to citizens’ understanding of the Union, its history and diversity, while fostering European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level.