1. When dealing with stories where political hate-speech is used it is vital not to sensationalise. Ethical journalists will ask:
2. In gathering and editing controversial material, journalists should avoid a rush to publish. It is helpful to pause, even if only for a few moments, to reflect on the contents of the story:
3. One last look and moment of reflection is always useful before pushing the button to publish:
The EJN five-point test of hate speech has been developed by EJN advisers and is based on international standards.
It highlights some questions to be asked in the gathering, preparing and disseminating of news and information that will help journalists and editors place what is said and who is saying it in an ethical context.
Browse the report, and explore our related resources, by clicking on the links below.
The EJN’s 5-Point Test for Hate Speech Video
Watch Aidan White explain how journalists can use the test in the video below.
Watch our YouTube playlist of videos on reporting hate speech.
The EJN’s 5-Point Test for Hate Speech – Infographics