Hawzah News Agency (Christchurch, New Zealand) – Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, has expressed his "support and admiration" for New Zealand's Muslim community as he visited the two mosques where 51 worshippers were massacred in March.
Australian self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged over the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, the worst-ever mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history.
In comments made during his visit on Tuesday, Guterres called for greater efforts to "extinguish" hate speech that spreads like "wildfire" on social media and said he had ordered a UN team be established to develop a "global plan of action".
"Hate speech is spreading and public discourse is being coarsened," Guterres said,
"Social media is being exploited as a platform for bigotry. We must all show solidarity in response to this dangerous upsurge in hatred," he added.
"Hate speech is spreading like wildfire in social media. We must extinguish it. There is no room for hate speech - online or offline."