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This chapter investigates hate speech content in four major Albanian online news websites. Findings show that women comprise the major targeted group for hate speech. Additionally, the age group 19–25 among women is most targeted. The goal of this chapter is twofold. On the one hand it reveals those discursive constructions of hate speech related to women that are mostly reiterated in media. On the other it provides insights on the role that journalistic choices on style and language play in reinforcing such occurrences. By using a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis, this chapter aims to present a comprehensive inquiry on the role of online news websites in inciting hate speech content targeting women in Albania. This is of immense importance for Albania, a country where violence against women is a pervasive phenomenon. Insights provided in this chapter could be beneficial for online media professionals to gain perspectives on their potential contribution to improving media coverage, especially as related to women. Furthermore, as hate speech is reported to be a controversial issue undermining freedom of speech, such chapter aspires to contribute to the current and ongoing debates – in Albania and abroad – on online media regulation.