There are no words of hatred in both Bulgarian and Macedonian media

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The language used in Bulgarian media when speaking of their neighboring country Macedonia (FYROM) does not contain any words of hatred.

However, the media does create an attitude of hatred and prejudice against Macedonia, said Petko Georgiev from the Center for Radio and Television Training – ProMedia and  Center for Research and Policy Making, Skopje during the presentation of a special study dedicated to this issues.

The survey called “Hate speech in Bulgarian and Macedonian media: examples, causes and solutions” was carried out at the same time in those two countries.

It is based on close monitoring of the Bulgarian and Macedonian printed and electronic publications in July-August 2010. It was supported by the Open Society Institute.

Alexander Kashumov of Access to Information Program, who presented the main conclusions of the analysis of the Bulgarian media, stressed on several occasions in the period of the research. Although none of the cited publications constitutes words of hatred, most of them contain provocative or derogatory attitude towards Macedonia and / or the Macedonians, he said. There are similar findings in the Macedonian report presented by Damian Zdravek.

The authors of the study warned that the topic “words of hatred” should not become a ground for restricting freedom of speech and it shouldn’t be a reason for imposing a “politically correct ” language in both Bulgarian and Macedonian media. Here you can find the full text of the study in English.

The language used in Bulgarian media when speaking of their neighboring country Macedonia (FYROM) does not contain any words of hatred. However, the media does create an attitude of hatred and prejudice against Macedonia, said Petko Georgiev from the Center for Radio and Television Training – ProMedia and  Center for Research and Policy Making, Skopje during the presentation of a special study dedicated to this issues.

The survey called “Hate speech in Bulgarian and Macedonian media: examples, causes and solutions” was carried out at the same time in those two countries.

Alexander Kashumov of Access to Information Program, who presented the main conclusions of the analysis of the Bulgarian media, stressed on several occasions in the period of the research. Although none of the cited publications constitutes words of hatred, most of them contain provocative or derogatory attitude towards Macedonia and / or the Macedonians, he said. There are similar findings in the Macedonian report presented by Damian Zdravek.

The authors of the study warned that the topic “words of hatred” should not become a ground for restricting freedom of speech and it shouldn’t be a reason for imposing a “politically correct ” language in both Bulgarian and Macedonian media. Here you can find the full text of the study in English.