Hate speech leaflets disseminated in unison around Turkey

Kaos GL Association has published a press release on the dissemination of leaflets including hate speech against LGBTI+’s in many cities of Turkey last week. The association has called the authorities to act against the hate crime.

Last week, leaflets and flyers including hate speech against LGBTIs were disseminated in 3 cities of Turkey; Ankara, İzmir and Osmaniye. Common points of those papers distributed in the post boxes or on the streets randomly are to promote homophobic hate crimes and to claim that homosexuality is a disease and a sin for some religions.

In addition to that, another surprising common point is not only their content, but their dissemination in many different cities of Turkey at the same time. The leaflets distributed in Ankara also included an address. At the end of the paper, it was signed by “A9 News” and a website called “Shadow government of England”.  

In recent years, many hate crimes cases had been considered as ‘freedom of speech’ by the Constitutional Court of Turkey; therefore, cases of homophobic and transphobic hate speech have increased in society. It is assessed that due to the to comfort deriving from such court decisions, the number of hate speeches in mainstream media and their scope have also been increasing. As a result of such protective trend towards hate speeches, suspicious groups started to target and attack LGBTI+’s to justify their illegal acts.

LGBTI+’s are not the masks covering the illegal actions of the state, individuals or groups. History is full of such samples that individuals or groups trying to empower themselves by attacking LGBTI+’s are actually the real enemies of the society.

In one hand, we condemn the writers, distributers and the ones who do not prevent the distribution of these papers. On the other hand, we want to draw attention of the society. Judicial and other state athorities need to understand that each homophobic speech and court decisions protecting hate speech result in even more and more hate speech, hate motivated violence and hate crimes. In this respect, we urge the authorities to take action against the ones spreading the homophobic hate speech, and we urge the judicial authorities to end this hateful atmosphere by taking decisions proper to the universal law that shows hate speech is not the freedom of expression.