Stop Funding Hate is a campaign trying to get companies to pull out of advertising in The Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express because of their ‘hateful’ language, particularly about migrants.
Their Facebook page says,
The Stop Funding Hate campaign aims to tackle the culture of hate, demonisation and division that is poisoning our political discourse.
It was started by an online community horrified by the upsurge in media hate speech that accompanied the referendum.
Over 40,000 people have now signed our petition calling for Virgin Media to withdraw its advertising from the Sun newspaper. Our campaign video has been viewed more than 5 million times.
The scale of this response has taken us all by surprise. But we think it also highlights the deep and widespread public concern about UK media hate speech, and the effect that this is having on our society.
And we know that these concerns are also shared internationally. Last year the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights raised concerns about the “vicious verbal assault on migrants and asylum seekers in the UK tabloid press”, which he said followed “decades of sustained and unrestrained anti-foreigner abuse, misinformation and distortion”:
The Facebook page and online petitions were set up by Richard Wilson, a writer and campaigner.
Some people say the campaign is against freedom of speech.
“I’m against the campaign. Newspapers rely more on money from advertising than ever and getting companies to pull of advertising is just a sneaky way of stifling free speech.” Marc Goudeau, 23, student.
Stop Funding Hate say “we fully support freedom of expression, and freedom of the press, as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
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