Combating Hate Speech through the Arts
Juba, 1st March 2018. The South Sudan focused community peace building initiative
#defyhatenow is proud to present DEFY – a short film on the perils of social media misuse.
DEFY tells the story of the fictional senior politician Honourable David’s newfound passion for
social media and the risks that come with using these platforms to spread propaganda and
The film shows an extreme yet potential example of how the misuse of social media can go
spectacularly awry, indicating that hate speech has no place in our political life, our
neighbourhoods and workplaces. The film aims to raise awareness and facilitate dialogue about
how we can work together in our communities to address these risks and mitigate further
incitement to violence arising through online hate speech.
Read the press release announcing the launch of the short film DEFY on March 1, 2018 in Juba, South Sudan.
South Sudan context
The people of South Sudan share the rest of the world’s interest in social media, but with one
difference: some South Sudanese within the country and in the diaspora have directed digital tools
to incite violence along ethnic lines in the nation’s three-and-a-half-year-old civil war by posting
hate speech that may have in one way or another fueled the conflict.
#defyhatenow responds to create awareness of the impact of hate speech in fueling conflict and
how social media can be used in a constructive and peace-building manner.