COVID-19 - A Plague of Racism and Conspiracy Theories   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Foreword: "COVID [coronavirus disease 2019] completely turned the world upside down and arguably changed how we live our lives forever. Such major cataclysms always provide a fertile ground for hate and conspiracy theories. People, especially when they feel insecure, look for easy answers, people that they can blame, straightforward theories so they can make sense of the world once more. The pandemic has not been different. Multiple communities have been targets of vicious verbal racist attacks, discrimination has become rampant towards certain minorities and a myriad of conspiracy theories blossomed in the wake of the virus. Many of our members diligently documented the instances of hate speech related to the Corona virus and the conspiracy theories it gave birth to. In this report, their findings will be collected, compiled and presented to provide stakeholders and the public with an extensive and overarching view of the situation and shine a light on the hardships, discrimination and intimidation that multiple communities have to face in a time when they are struggling too with a loss of financial and physical security. The aim of this report is not to give a detailed reiteration of our members' findings, but to provide an overview of them, raise awareness and provide another tool to bring this information to the wider audiences that might not have been reached by the original sources."

International Network Against Cyber Hate
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