COMMunIcation campaign against extremism and radicalization
COMMIT aims at preventing and dissuading vulnerable young people (13-25 years old) from extremism, radicalism and terrorism.
Grant Agreement Number: 867019
Funded by: ISFP-AG Duration: 01/2020-12/2021
During the past years, Europe has been facing alarming tendencies towards extremism, radical and terrorist propaganda. Extremists use widely online means to spread hate, encourage violence, radicalize and recruit followers, prepare and incite attacks. The online attacks are highly concentrated on social media. According to Europol, over 150 social media platforms are used by terrorists for propaganda.
However, it is not only terrorists who promote violence and push audience towards radicalization. Many European extreme right/left-wing groups are mobilizing their followers, communicating about Islamic brutalities as justification for their own extreme response.
Taking these into consideration, there is an urgent need to address all forms of extremism and radicalism leading to violence online, whether inspired by terrorist propaganda, right/left-wing extremism or populist movements.
The European initiative COMMIT aims at preventing and dissuading vulnerable young people (13-25 years old) from extremism, radicalism and terrorism, providing them with skills needed to co-develop alternative narratives that promote democratic values, tolerance and cooperation, and equipping them with competences needed to identify and fight online content of intolerance and violence.
For this purpose, COMMIT will adopt a trans-medial approach combining online campaigns addressing fake news, hate speech, populistic propaganda, right-/left-wing extremism, Islamic radicalism and terrorism, as well as face-to-face activities such as workshops, contest and events.
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