"Hate mails are a typically Belgian problem"

9th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Last year, the Belgian anti-racism centre received 430 complaints about hate messages on the internet. The figure is up 25 percent on the previous year.

The Belgian anti-racism centre's is officially called the Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight against Racism (CGKR). 

The CGKR released its latest figures yesterday, during the presentation of its annual report. Most complaints concern hate messages on social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube, or so-called chain letters discriminating against immigrants or minority groups. 

It turns out to be a typically Belgian problem. The CGKR has already taken measures, Jozef De Witte explains. "We show people how these mails started and what went wrong. We also ask people to react, to put question marks behind the content of these mails. We also ask internet users to let us know when they receive an email like that, it allows us to react before too much damage has been done."

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