Declaration from 180 journalist and academics condemns ‘racist’ media

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One hundred eighty journalists and academics have signed a joint declaration condemning Turkish media for publishing racist news about Syrian refugees, the t24 news website reported on Monday.

The joint declaration, titled “The Initiative of Combatting Racism and Discrimination in Media,” said: “We strongly condemn all the media organizations, reporters, writers, social media users who publish racist news and target our Syrian brothers and sisters.”

The declaration was released after a Syrian woman, who was nine months pregnant, was raped and murdered with her 10-month-old baby in Sakarya province.

Editors-in-chief, news directors, columnists, journalists and writers signed the declaration which calls on the government to act against media organizations spreading racist news and provoking hatred of refugees.

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