On 14 November 2018, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education and Culture launched a project with the task of drafting proposals for more efficient eradication of hate speech punishable under the Criminal Code and harassment prohibited by law.
In the course of its work, the working group also dealt with hate campaigns and targeting.
An expert working group with representatives from different fields was appointed to carry out the project. The working group was chaired by Archbishop Emeritus Kari Mäkinen, and a secretariat composed of public officials was set up to assist it. During the preparation stage of the project, the working group consulted a variety of researchers, hate crime victims, professionals working with young people, and other key stakeholders.
CORDI member Reeta Pöyhtäri took part in the project and co-authored the research report Sanat ovat tekoja. Vihapuheen ja nettikiusaamisen vastaisten toimien tehostaminen – Words Are Actions. More Efficient Measures against Hate Speech and Cyberbullying.