One Hundred Years of Hate Speech

Dr. Hans-Georg Fleck

In 2009, the HRANT DINK FOUNDATION (HDF) initiated the MEDIA WATCH ON HATE SPEECH in order to combat racism, discrimination and intolerance in Turkey. By working for a just media reporting, the acknowledgment of the responsibility of civil society is intended. In this sense, the HDF publishes periodical reports with the main objective to draw attention to racist and discriminatory language used in news articles and columns. Every report of MEDIA WATCH ON HATE SPEECH reflects how the political agenda of the day shapes the severity of hate speech content in Turkish media. The recent report addressed the considerable increase in the number of items consisting of hate speech compared to previous periods. Further-more, an emphasis is placed on the April 24th “Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day”.

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