Studies in Albania show that only 3% of hate speech cases are reported!

Tirana 20 May 2022 – The National Platform for Internet Safety in Albania – ISIGURT.AL and the PINK Embassy presented this morning the National Platform “REPORT: Speech and Hate Crimes”, in a public event hosted by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection. The meeting was organized in the framework of the International Day against Homophobia and the 13th Festival of Diversity. Data shows that the LGBTI community in Albania is one of the most affected by hate speech and hate crimes.
The latest report of the ISIGURT.AL highlighting data collected between 2018-2022, shows that about 61% of online incidents belonged to hate speech. The most reported platform was Instagram with almost 52% of cases, followed by Facebook, Youtube and Tik Tok.
ISIGURT.AL, will identify, removes and report materials considered hate speech or hate crime in cooperation with the industry and law enforcement authorities, while collect data and increase public awareness.
Altin Hazizaj, Executive Director of CRCA / ECPAT Albania, during the presentation of the Platform stressed that: “The establishment of the Reporting tool for all the cases of hate speech and hate crimes it became a necessity for Albania. The platform is one of the solutions, but not the only solution. The real solution to hate speech and hate crimes is to prevent them.”

According to a study of the Council of Europe, 97% of hate speech cases fail to be reported in Albania, based on a survey data. Most vulnerable groups to suffer from hate speech ad hate crimes are LGBTI persons. According to the study, almost 40% of victims of hate speech claim to have responded to the person who attacked them, and about 30% chose to delete the hate message; 58% of respondents felt that hate speech was widespread or very widespread; 72% of LGBTI persons interviewed reported being victims of violence, assault with weapons or other objects.
A report of the European Commission Against Racism and Tolerance notes for Albania that in the last 10 years very few cases of crimes and hate speech have been tried and denounced. According to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Albania has systematically not reported the number of hate crimes recorded by the police. According to this Commission, Albania lacks a comprehensive data collection system for racist and homo- / transphobic hate speech incidents. 
 
For more information, contact:
Albanian National Platform for Secure Internet
E-mail: isigurt@isigurt.al

[1]https://rm.coe.int/beyond-definitions-alb/1680a465f8page 55

[2]https://rm.coe.int/report-on-albania-6th-monitoring-cycle-translation-in-albanian-/16809e8240page 15