Hateful or discriminatory discourse against minorities is often employed by Romanian politicians in order to gain electoral capital. This report analyzes the incidence and main characteristics of the discriminatory discourse during the 2014 Romanian presidential campaign, by employing both a qualitative and a quantitative methodology. The quantitative part of the report focused on two distinct issues: the prevalence of hate speech and the media reporting of distinct hate speech incidents. Meanwhile, the qualitative part of the study discussed a number of discriminatory statements as case studies, relevant for each of the minority group targeted by this type of speech.
The data examined within this report has been collected during the period of August –December 2014 and has been analyzed in connection to the different stages of the electoral cycle: the pre-campaign period, the campaign for the first round of elections, the campaign for the second round of elections and the post-campaign period.
At the same time, the authors also monitored the public reactions of the National Council for Combating Discrimination (NCCD) – the main institution responsible with sanctioning discrimination and of the National Council for the Audiovisual. This was done via Freedom of Information requests sent to these two institutions.
The report can be downloaded here.
This study is part of the project „No disgRACE in this electoral race!” implemented with the financial support of the Think Tank Fund (TTF) and Roma Initiatives Office – Open Society Foundations, as well as of the project “Developing the watchdog capacity through the Alliance for a Clean Romania” financed by the EEA Grants 2009 – 2014, within the framework of the NGO Fund in Romania