Turkish Media Target Jews More Than Any Other Group, Report Finds

Report on hate speech in Turkish media found 130 instances of hate speech against Jews between May and August 2014.

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Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday July 9, 2003
Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday July 9, 2003

Hate speech in Turkish newspapers between May and August 2014,targeted Jews more than any other group according to a new report by a Turkish foundation dedicated to cultural diversity.

The “Monitoring Hate Speech in the Media” report, released on Monday by the Hrant Dink Foundation, found that 32 national, religious and ethnic groups were the victims of hate speech in articles written by the Turkish press. The report was the subject of an article on the Today's Zaman website.

Of those, Jews and Armenians were the victims in 50.4 percent of the cases, followed by Greeks, Kurds and Syrian refugees.

The report recorded 130 incidents of hate speech against Jews, 60 against Armenians, 25 against Christians, 21 against Greeks, and 18 counts of hate speech against Kurds.

Anti-Semitic rhetoric in Turkish national newspapers was especially conspicuous during the war in Gaza over the summer, according to the report, which was written by lawyer and journalist Rita Ender.

It found that several articles did not differentiate between Zionists, the State of Israel, Israelis and Jews, using instead the over-arching term “Jews” to refer to all the groups mentioned.

The report also noted that some of the columnists who criticized Israel's offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza compared its actions to those of Hitler and the Holocaust.

The newspapers that were most guilty of hate speech were the dailies Yeni Akit, Milli, Milat, Ortadoğu, Yeni ağ and Sabah, the report noted.

The 89-page report features a chart of the articles that include hate speech, with the date, newspaper, type (column or news article), writer, headline, targeted group and degree of offense.

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