This week, I fear we have reached another acute moment in the use of hate speech, and I am using this editorial to add the voice of Sierra News to that of many Sierra Leoneans who are calling for the outright rejection of hate speech.
Hate speech is a form of communication in speech, writing or behaviour, that attacks, or uses pejorative or discriminatory language to reference a person or group based on religion, ethnicity and nationality. Hate speech is almost invariably rooted in intolerance. It demeans, divides and incites people against each other. There are national and international laws that prohibit incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence. Incitement is dangerous as it explicitly and deliberately aims at triggering discrimination, hostility and violence. It has associations with terrorism and atrocious crimes against humanity.