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Turkish journalist of Armenian origin Hrant Dink was the chief editor of Agos, a newspaper published in Turkish and Armenian, when he was shot in front of his office in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007. The international Hrant Dink Foundation was founded by his family after his murder. AA photo

Turkish journalist of Armenian origin Hrant Dink was the chief editor of Agos, a newspaper published in Turkish and Armenian, when he was shot in front of his office in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007. The international Hrant Dink Foundation was founded by his family after his murder. AA photo

Jews and Armenians are exposed to hate speech more than any other group, according to a periodic report on hate speech in the Turkish media, released by the Hrant Dink Foundation.

The report was conducted by scanning 16 newspapers by hand and searching for key words in the rest of the 1,000 national and local newspapers published between September and December 2012.

Jews and Armenians are used in hate speech the most, followed by Christians and Greeks living in Turkey, according to the report released Feb. 25 on the website of the Hrant Dink Foundation. The category of “other” is composed of hate speech against LGBT people and women.

Certain people and institutions are also exposed to hate crimes apart from ethnic, religious and national groups, the report said. Columns topped the list of media that has used hate speech most frequently.

Although the amount of hate speech targeting Kurdish people decreased in this period, the report contends that this was a result of differentiating between “good Kurds” and “others in the media.” The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) is widely considered the same as the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Group (PKK) and subsequently became a target of hate speech as well, the report added.




The top three dailies that included hate speech content are Yeni Akit, Milli Gazete and Yeni Mesaj, respectively, the report said, adding that in the local media, Istanbul, Gölcük Postası, and Yozgat Hakimiyet were top three dailies that used hate speech the most.

February/28/2013

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Zung O

3/1/2013 7:14:36 AM

Falk, what does your comment have anything to do with the fact (yes,fact) that this article is trying to point out. Your words really have nothing to do with the point of this article.

Murat

2/28/2013 7:12:51 PM

Is there hate speech in Turkish media and by officials? Of course. Is it a problem? Yes. From my experience it pales in comparison to what comes out of mainstream Israeli and Armenian media and their officials. Not even close.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/28/2013 6:45:53 PM

There are many very demeaning and racist phrases about minorities used daily by many Turks with or without realizing that they are insulting somebody. Yet, Turks never accept their speech is racist.

Turk Uzan

2/28/2013 4:31:27 PM

@ Falk I agree, not to mention this article mentions NOTHING about numbers .. it just says research has show most hate speech is directed to Jews followed by Armenians etc. It doesn't say or prove that hate speech has increased simply that it is happening and whom are effected the most .. Really Jews? Is that even something people had to research .. you can go to any country in the world and I will promise that Jews get most hate, but are treated the best at the same time.

Suhail Shafi

2/28/2013 4:30:26 PM

What about the anti Turkish hate speech from Europeans published on Hurriyet Daily News ?

Jack Manougian

2/28/2013 2:43:35 PM

They have done research and published the results of their finding. What's wrong with that? If you don't like the findings look yourself in the mirror and try to change. Free speech works both ways. You have the right to be racist and the newspaper has the right to pojnt out that you are a racist.

Faruk Beisser

2/28/2013 9:54:51 AM

That cannot be! Must be all lies! After all, the Great Leader just spoke out against hate, in other countries of course.

Pawel Bury

2/28/2013 9:23:59 AM

Some things will never change.

Brian Irlanda

2/28/2013 9:04:00 AM

Only people who hold the same opinion as these racist rags will buy them. Hate speech is disgusting but is something we must live with. In a democracy people have the right to be racist morons if they so wish. Freedom of speech is a weakness of democracy, but without democracy we would have dictators, despots and criminals in charge. We can't have everything our own way!

jim handley

2/28/2013 8:51:59 AM

No big surprise... Armenians, Jews and Christians conversely don't think much of Turkish Muslims either, from discussions I've had with them. That is mostly due to the hate being disseminated daily from the AKP party's three amigos. You reap what you sow.
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