Cyprus Cyprus


KISA (2019) Hate Speech in Public discourse Cyprus, Report of study by the NGO KISA, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Program for the European Union, June 2019

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Cyprus, NGO

Main Thematic Focus

Hate speech

Target Population

Muslims Religious minorities Refugees & Asylum seekers

Key findings

The report examines public debates via stereotypes and prejudices analysing discourses which are xenophobic and discriminatory. It illustrates how asylum-seekers are depicted as lazy and bogus, whilst Muslim asylum-seekers are particularly targeted and connected to the narrative of 'Islamisation'/’Turkification’ of Cyprus. It demonstrates that the narrative is supported by fake news that connect migration, refugees and Turkish-Cypriots with Turkey as the eternal enemy and link these to terrorism. Also, NGOs and those resisting racism are targeted as “traitors”, “anti-Greeks”, “the enemy’s agents”. Turkish-Cypriots are also depicted as agents of Turkey.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Desk-top study, policy analysis and content analysis of media.

Sample details and representativeness

Not relevant

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