a witch-hunt

a witch-hunt

an attempt to find and punish people who have opinions that are believed to be dangerous Senator McCarthy led a witch-hunt against suspected communists during the 1950's.
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THAT the Governor of the Central Bank Chrystalla Georghadji has been the target of a witch-hunt by the political parties there is little doubt.
CONGRESS chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused the NDA government of indulging in a witch-hunt after the party received a notice from the income tax department in a case related to the now defunct National Herald newspaper.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an's defense, with his unique self-confidence, of his discourse, which has undertones of a witch-hunt against the Fethullah GE-len movement, has not surprised anybody, though many people have found it odd.
DAVE Lee Travis is the victim of a witch-hunt because of a failure to catch paedophile Jimmy Savile, his lawyer claimed yesterday.
This isn't a witch-hunt - certainly not on my part anyway.
Summary: David Cameron has said that accusations of paedophilia against senior Tories risk becoming a witch-hunt against those who are gay.
Accountability should not become a witch-hunt or an organised campaign to malign or defame a respected and popular national institution like the Pakistan army," the PML-Q leader said, adding that it was also wrong to involve the judiciary in all issues.
If it happens that the chosen scapegoat has multiple numbers, the next step can become a witch-hunt.
Decker first became aware of this papal attitude toward possession when he discovered a correspondence with the Vatican regarding a witch-hunt in the German city of Paderborn in 1656-57.
But I think it's descended into a witch-hunt and I think it's hiding from our constituents the very good work that many of us are actually doing or trying to do.
Supporters claimed Mark Walker was the victim of a witch-hunt because of his political views.
Mr McKenna described the accusations against him as a witch-hunt and called for an internal investigation into the West Lancs constituency party.
Cllr Shera (Labour, Benn) is one of 11 Asian and black community leaders who have expressed "unease and hurt" at what they claim is a witch-hunt against the Minister for Europe.
His call prompted a strong denial of a witch-hunt against McCoy.