Debate on the language of hate speech in POLIN Museum

 

Around 300 people came to watch a debate on the language of hate, which took place in POLIN Museum as part of the „Estranged: March ’68 and Its Aftermath” programme.

The discussion in the Museum was focused on the condition of contemporary media, the language of exclusion and hate in the public sphere, including anti-Semitic statements. Director Dariusz Stola talked about the anti-Semitic smear campaign, in which media in 1968 played a significant role. Today the problem reached a global perspective as it’s visible e.g. in fake news epidemia and its influence on public debate during the last presidential campaign in USA. Contemporary problems with fake news were discussed in a lecture by professor William Grueskin, former deputy of the Editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal and current lecturer of the renowned department of journalism at Columbia University.

Presentations of professors Grueskin and Stola preceded the debate, in which participated the following people: Andrzej Skworz, the Editor-in-chief of Press as a moderator; Ewa Milewicz, retired journalist of Gazeta Wyborcza; Sławomir Sierakowski from Krytyka Polityczna and Andrzej Stankiewicz, Onet.

Organization of the discussion was supported by a New York based organization - the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).