EU-funded Young Mediterranean Voices organised youth counter-speech Lab in Finland

December 18, 2019
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Young delegates from Libya, Finland, Morocco, Denmark, Algeria, Estonia and Tunisia crossed Europe and the Baltic Sea to participate in a Communications Lab in Kokkola, Finland, in the framework of the EU-funded Young Mediterranean Voices (YMV) programme and the Finish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The activity, carried out early this month, aimed at unleashing creative talent to develop communication initiatives to challenge extremist narratives. Participants analysed examples of compelling campaigns in Finland, Algeria, Morocco or Spain, that have successfully led to creating counter-narratives for preventing and countering violent extremism.

According to participants, the Lab was an opportunity to enhance digital and media literacy skills and to learn how to address hate speech and extremist narratives in their own communities.

Young Mediterranean voices is the flagship debate and Dialogue programme connecting civil society, education and policy-makers across the southern Mediterranean and Europe. The programme provides a pioneering platform to open doors for young influencers to shape policy and media narratives. It is grounded on the positive experience of Young Arab Voices launched in 2011 by the Anna Lindh Foundation and British Council and it benefits from the support of the European Union.


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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia