Launching “Block the Hatred. Share the Love!” campaign in Montenegro

Published on: Dec 9, 2021 8:15 AM Author: Public Relations Service of the Government of Montenegro

A joint awareness-raising campaign of the European Union and the Council of Europe, “Block the Hatred. Share the Love!”, will be officially launched in Montenegro at a public event in the 201 Engaging Space in Podgorica (10 Kralja Nikole) on Thursday, 9 December 2021 – from 18:00 to 19:30.

The presentation of the campaign will be in a hybrid format, streamed online and will include the following speakers:

  • Zdravko Krivokapić, Prime Minister of Montenegro
  • Tamara Srzentić, Minister of Public Administration, Media and Digital Society of Montenegro
  • Sinisa Bjeković, Ombudsperson of Montenegro
  • Jeroen Schokkenbroek, Director of Anti-discrimination, Council of Europe
  • Ambassador Oana Cristina Popa, Head of the European Union Delegation to Montenegro

Montenegro’s no-hate speech ambassadors will also be intervening during the event, including tennis player Danka Kovinić; Olympic champions Marija Vuković and Filip Radović; opera singer Tamara Rađenović and actress Dubravka Drakić.

The event will be opened and moderated by Evgenia Giakoumopoulou, Head of Operations, Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica.

The “Block the Hatred. Share the Love!” campaign aims to combat various forms of hate speech targeting specific communities and individuals in Montenegrin society. It will be rolled out online through the social media dedicated channels, in the media, as well as through public events. These activities will involve prominent public figures, institutions and activists, who will promote diversity and equality in Montenegro and in the region, through personal storytelling, testimonies and exchange of good practices.

The campaign is implemented within the action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Montenegro”, that is a part of joint European Union and Council of Europe programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022".

The event is open to media. Pre-registration is needed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Interested media representatives should register by sending an email to marija.draskovic@amplitudo.me no later than 8 December, 14:00h.

The event will be livestreamed via the Facebook page of the Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica. Interpretation in English/Montenegrin will be provided, including for the online livestreaming event.

Agenda of the event

Webpage of the campaign and its activities

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For more information contact:

Marija Simić, Communication Officer, Council of Europe - Marija.SIMIC@coe.int, +381 63 60 13 37

Marija Drašković, Amplitudo - marija.draskovic@amplitudo.me, +382 20 223 244 or +382 67 053 540

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