In her engaging interview titled "What is Hate Speech, and How can Politicians Put a Lid on it?" Prof. Dr. Lejla Turčilo confronts the pervasive issue of hate speech in political discourse. As an expert in communication sciences, Prof. Turčilo elucidates the impact of hate speech on societal harmony and political culture. Through an in-depth analysis, she identifies the boundaries between freedom of speech and offensive rhetoric, calling attention to the critical role politicians can play in moderating the tone and content of public discourse. Prof. Turčilo’s insightful perspectives offer guidance on how politicians can effectively curb hate speech, promoting a culture of respect, tolerance, and constructive dialogue in the political landscape.
Lejla Turcilo is the Associate Professor at the Department of Communication / Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo, where she teaches Media Theory, TV Journalism, Internet Journalism and Media and undergraduate and postgraduate policy and New Media Design and PR doctoral studies. She is the head of the Center for Lifelong Learning at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo and the Department of Communication / Journalism.