Public and Political Discourse

The Anti-Racism Strategy mentions three main forms of racism: individual, societal and structural. Whilst the latter is tackled by the measures for confronting racism and advancing intercultural inclusion​, individual and societal racism must be tackled at grass-root level, with the collaboration of those who shape the public and political debate. These measures do not aim at eliminating disagreement, which characterises healthy democracy, but at ensuring that individuals and relevant stakeholders hold an informed discourse when speaking on sensitive topics.

Measures 13 to 15 address the use of racist language and negative stereotyping by the media and political parties. The aim is for each category of actors to adopt a pact to reach a zero-tolerance policy towards racist language and negative stereotyping, as well as to receive training on the matter.

Measures 16 and 17 aim at tackling individual racism more specifically through a nation-wide awareness-raising campaign promoting anti-racism and intercultural inclusion (measure 17) but also through the development of a national Anti-Rumour Strategy, a first in Europe! This strategy will identify rumours common in Malta, how they form and spread, before training anti-rumour agents to prevent them from spreading further among society.