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  Within the scope of the project, we monitor national and local print media daily for racist and discriminatory language. While our main focus is on hate speech based on national, ethnic and religious identity, we also monitor the media for homophobic and sexist discourse. Once we identify news stories and columns that contain such discourse we announce and expose them with synopses on our project website, and the project’s social media channels. The website also includes media content sent by the followers, academic articles and columns on the subject, along with media watch reports and panel videos published in the framework of the project.

Every four months, we publish periodical reports based on the findings of our media monitoring work. Our reports illustrate a general picture of hate speech employed by the Turkish print media, including statistical information on the groups that were targeted, where hate speech was encountered, how hateful discourse was constructed, the events related with the production of such discourse etc. in the period analyzed, together with sample news articles and columns subjected to discourse analysis.

We have so far published and disseminated reports to NGOs, universities, newspaper editors and relevant institutions such as the Press Council and Journalists’ Association of Turkey. Since 2012, the reports are also available in English. All the three reports can be found here.

Unlike other periods of the study, since 2013, case studies, which investigated discourse constructed in a more sophisticated way and gave more subtle messages of discrimination was included to reports.

Apart from media monitoring, we carry out other awareness raising activities such as, organizing international conferences and panels, workshops for the training of local journalists, and preparing a university level one-semester course syllabus tackling this issue.

In 2010, an international conference was organized with the participation of journalists, media workers and scholars specializing in relevant issues such as racism, discrimination, discourse, and media ethics. The talks delivered in the conference were collected in a book titled Hate Crimes and Hate Speech published both in Turkish and in English.

In 2011, two local workshops, one in Malatya and the other in Afyon, were organized in order to increase the knowledge of local journalists on hate speech, discriminatory discourse, and discourse analysis with the support of scholars and CSO representatives.

On March 2012, two hate speech panels were organized at Istanbul Bilgi and Kadir Has Universities with the participation of Sejal Parmar, senior legal officer at Article 19, leading international organization on freedom of expression. Sejal Parmar gave talks in both universities and was accompanied by Asst. Prof. Esra Arsan at Bilgi University and by Mahmut Çınar at Kadir Has University.

In 2012, we organized an international panel titled Discriminatory Discourse and the Role of the Media. Prof. Teun van Dijk, one of the world’s most prominent scholars in the field of critical discourse studies and Prof. Charles Husband, internationally known with his work on media and ethnic diversity gave two talks under the moderation of Prof. Arus Yumul.

Lastly, in 2013, we organized another international panel titled Discriminatory Discourse and Social Media with Prof. Elisabeth Eide from Oslo University and Laszlo Földi from Council of Europe which was moderated by Istanbul Bilgi University Assistant Professor Itir Erhart.

Since 2012, with the support of scholars, we have been preparing a one-semester university level course syllabus that conceptually tackles discrimination and hate speech, analyzes the relationship between media and hate speech by focusing on reproduction of meaning through discourse, and drawing attention to ways and methods of combatting against such discourse. In addition, we are a working on a multi-authored publication that will both supplement the course syllabus and serve as an introductory source to the general reader.

Currently, the Media Watch on Hate Speech project is funded by British Embassy, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Global Dialogue and Niras.
This project is funded by Freidrich Neumann Stiftung, Global Dialogue and MYMEDIA/Niras. The materials that are published do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.       funded
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