Muslims are subjected to hate speech the most, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Hurryet Daily News reported. “Hate speech should never be confused with freedom of opinion,” Erdogan said on September 25.
The president’s remarks came at a high-level event on combating against hate speech, hosted by Turkey and Pakistan, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
“Today, Muslims are the most subjected to hate speech, cultural racism, discrimination and insults. Muslims’ workplaces, homes, worshiping places are targeted by racist and fascist groups almost every day,” said the president.
Erdogan said Muslim women are harassed for wearing headscarves on the street and workplaces. “As a country, which has 6.5 million citizens abroad who are impacted by hate speech and attacks, we cannot overlook this issue,” he added.
Erdogan noted that hate speech is normalized by populist politicians and media and cannot be considered within the freedom of opinion. He also denounced violence against Muslims in India who eat beef and urged respect for freedom of faith.