SCM launched the “Observatory of Hate Speech and Incitement to Violence in Syrian Media“, in partnership with the UNESCO in the second half of 2017 to monitor Syrian media outlets through a number of trained Syrian monitors. Their task is to evaluate to what extent is the hate and incitement to violence speech used. The project is divided in two phases, the first is the preparation of the media monitoring methodology and the training of the monitors on using it and on monitoring tools. The second phase is the monitoring of media outlets and using the results in the service of media development in Syria. The problem statement can be formulated using the following main question:
Does Syrian media (audio, visual and print) whether it is politically pro-opposition, pro-regime or Kurdish, use hate speech and incitement to violence?
This question is further subdivided into:
- Which Syrian media use the most the hate and incitement to violence speech, according to media type (audio, visual and print)?
- Which Syrian media use the most hate and incitement to violence speech, according to political orientation (pro-opposition, pro-regime or Kurdish)?
- What are the most common words of hate and incitement to violence speech that are used is Syrian media?
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