Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy was published by the MIT Press in 2016.

This page features selected publications on hate propaganda, including chapters from my book that are free for download.

First, a 12-minute video summarising the problem of hate propaganda, courtesy of the University of Toronto’s Human Stories series…


India’s Religious Nationalists and the Harnessing of Hate

An excerpt from Chapter 4 of Hate Spin is free to read online.

The United States: Exceptional Freedoms, Fabricated Fears

Read online or download Chapter 6 from Hate Spin.

(For paywalled journal articles and book chapters, please visit my publication list.)


The Dark side of people power: Populism
and the news media

Read my article in the JNI’s News in Asia report, 2021.

Disinformation and Hate Campaigns

Download my article in Asian Jurist, 2018.


Public-interest journalism is losing to identity politics

An article for for World Press Freedom Day 2022.

Journalism in a Climate of Hate: published in the 20th anniversary special issue of Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 20 (1).

Pushing back against hate propaganda

Based on a 2018 Stanford talk, published by the Ethical Journalism Network.

The strategic aims behind Trump’s Muslim ban

Published in the South China Morning Post in 2017.

Hate speech vs places of worship in the US and Indonesia

Published in the Jakarta Post and Open Democracy in 2016.

The curious power of hate propaganda in open societies

Published in The Conversation, The Wire, Alternet, 2016.

Reporting diversity: Media, social norms and public opinion

A talk at the Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, 2014.

Regulating hate speech: How not to do it

An article based on talks in 2014.