In an article describing an incident involving a nine-year-old migrant child and a knife, a German magazine repeatedly linked Islam with violence. This is Germany's media monitoring highlight for September 2018.
Belgian politician Theo Francken retweeted known Holocaust-denier Peter Imanuelsen, later claiming he thought Imanuelsen was just a journalist. This is Belgium's media monitoring highlight for September 2018.
On live French TV, Charles Consigny claimed that those from minority groups have an easier path to success, and that 'native' French people are suffering because of it. This is France's media monitoring highlight for September 2018.
Richard Dawkins tweeted a comparison between the Christian and the Muslim calls to prayer, the Church bells and the Adhan, calling one “nice” and the other “aggressive”. We felt this was more of an prejudiced view about Islam than a detailed auditory analysis. You can read the full article here.
In July Origo published an article that would be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous. You can read the full story here.
Hajar El Jahidi, from Get The Trolls Out! partner European Forum of Muslim Women, wrote an article for the Middle East Eye discussing a recent co-authored an op-ed piece denouncing the discrimination faced by Muslim women in Europe in the jobs market, and the reaction to it. Being one of the authors of the op-ed piece, Hajar explains how one journalist from the French magazine Marianne claimed the piece was an organised attack on French secularism.
An article in Le Vif calls the face veil “an ideological uniform” and claims that the “promoters of women’s face veil obviously have a political agenda” incompatible with democracy and human rights.
Often in our work, we’ll run into people who will complain that we are “against free speech” – and that therefore we should shut up. We find it curious that they don’t see the inconsistency in their claims. It is almost as if their desire to protect free speech is more of a desire to be allowed to say whatever they want and not be challenged on it.