Sunday, January 29, 2012

Signature campaign for hate speech

As illustrated in our previous coverage of hate speech, here, here, and here, among other pages such as our "hate speech" tab, we consider hate speech a problematic issue. Now, we are writing to report that a campaign has been launched to demand a legislation in the new Turkish constitution against “hate crimes.”

According to the article in Hurriyet Daily News  the campaign has been put forth by some 50 nongovernmental organizations. Yasemin Inceoglu, professor from the Communications Faculty of Istanbul’s Galatasaray University University, said in a press conference on January 26 that: “[h]ate crime is not yet defined in the Turkish legal system, although we witness them every day. Minorities obviously need legal protection.”

To sign the petition (in Turkish) online please click here.