Hate Speech in Reader Comments Made on News Regarding the Turkish General Elections of 2015

Abstract

The main problematic of this study is to reveal how the political hate speeches directed to a political opinion or to its supporters are regenerated through reader comments, and to make the analysis of discursive practices generating the hate speeches in reader comments made on the news. In order to reveal the way in which political hate speeches are regenerated in reader comments, this study focuses on the election period which is asserted to be a period in which people become politicized more and in which they are more open to political news. Analyzed in this study are the reader comments that were made within 15 days before and after June 7, 2015, the day of elections, taken as the median point. The reader comments are selected from the Internet versions of the daily newspapers Milliyet, Sabah and Hurriyet published in Turkey. Although the Internet is effectively used by social and political movements in a positive manner, it also serves an abusive platform where such forms of hate speeches and hate crimes as defaming, denigration, disregarding, and disparagement towards certain political opinions and the supporters thereof are easily committed. In this study, the method of critical discourse analysis is used in order to reveal the hate speeches which have gotten into circulation through discourses grounded in the language and to also be able to read the situation in a multidimensional way.



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Nurullah Terkan, Selcuk University, Turkey

Paper Information
Conference: MediAsia2015
Stream: Political Communication and Satire

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