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
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 2019View full Research
Type of publication
Area/location of interest
Not applicable - national level
Type of Institution
Civil society organisation
Main Thematic Focus
Muslims Religious minorities Refugees & Asylum seekers
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
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