On Friday, the book entitled “Anti-Hungarian Attitudes in Romania – Questionnaire Survey, The Content Analysis of Textbooks Used in Public Education and of The Romanian Social Media”, published by the Szekler Institute for Public Policies and the Bálványos Institute, was presented in Cluj-Napoca. At the book launch, the authors talked to experts about the objectives of the research behind the publication, the institutional mechanisms that reproduce anti-Hungarian attitudes, the “institutional ghetto of Hungarians”.
The book entitled “Anti-Hungarian Attitudes in Romania – Questionnaire Survey, The Content Analysis of Textbooks Used in Public Education and of The Romanian Social Media”, the result of the cooperation and joint efforts of the Szekler Institute for Public Policies and the Bálványos Institute, was presented in Cluj-Napoca on Friday afternoon in the presence of a large audience. The three authors of the book, Tamás Kiss, Tibor Toró and Zalán Tamás Jakab, as well as various experts on the topic, lawyer András Bethlendi, the journalist Szilárd Horváth-Kovács, and the political scientist István Gergő Székely, were present at the event. Tibor Toró, political scientist, sociologist and research director of the Bálványos Institute, highlighted in his introduction that the UN has dedicated the year 2021 to the fight against online hate speech, which is why the publication is very timely. István Gergő Székely, the Director of Research of the Szekler Institute for Public Policies, reminded that this was not the first joint work of the two institutes: they have previously worked together on the issue of regional identity, and that they hoped to present the results of a new joint research soon.
The book contains four chapters: the first two are based on public surveys – conducted by phone and online instead of face-to-face interviews, – due to the epidemic situation -, the third chapter is about the representation of Hungarians in Romanian textbooks, while the fourth part focuses on the presence of Hungarians in the political public sphere and in the “mainstream” press, based on the Romanian social media sites, posts and comments.
The publication is available for download online HERE .