WASHINGTON U.N. SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres is pledging the world body will lead efforts to combat online hate speech in the aftermath of the deadly New Zealand mosque shootings.
Guterres made the vow Tuesday during a visit to the alNoor and Linwood mosques in the city of Christchurch where 51 worshippers were massacred in a shooting spree on March 15 by a selfdescribed white supremacist from Australia.
I know there are no words to relieve the hurt and sorrow and pain, the secretarygeneral said after his visit to the alNoor mosque, but I wanted to come here personally to transmit love, support, and total and complete admiration."
Warning that hate speech is spreading like wildfire in social media, Guterres said he has asked Adama Dieng, his special advisor for the prevention of genocide, to form a team to develop a global plan of action in response.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who received international praise for her response to the Christchurch massacre, is planning to cohost a global meeting in Paris this week to drum up support to combat online expression of violence.
Source: Voice of America