Compact published an article regarding an incident which took place at a mosque in Berlin, using it to demonise Muslims in Germany. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for April.
A conservative magazine claims that mosques in France are “taking advantage” of the health crisis to “sneakily” play the call to prayer, calling it a “sound, physical, and symbolic occupation”. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for March.
The Independent chose an image of young girls wearing headscarves to accompany an article about sex workers in Pakistan, with no relevance between the two. This is the UK’s media monitoring highlight for April.
The pro-government media outlet Origo fuels fears about a spike of coronavirus cases in Britain during Ramadan. Their claims have no evidence behind them and are anchored in anti-Muslim bigotry. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for April.
The Minister of the Interior insinuates that people with migrant backgrounds are not compatible with Belgian society; a statement that was repeated uncritically by the national television channel RTBF. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for April.
The current climate of fear and anxiety surrounding the coronavirus pandemic is acting as fertile ground for the dissemination of conspiracy theories and discriminatory discourses. Since the outbreak in Wuhan, Chinese people, and people of East Asian appearance more broadly, have been attacked and abused because they were seen as carriers of the virus. But as the infections spread across the world, specific religious and ethnic groups have also been targeted. These attacks range from shaming Muslims for allegedly failing to adhere to lockdown measures, to global conspiracies about Jewish people, drawing on historical prejudices and racist perceptions.
An article by the columnist Rod Liddle suggesting that Muslims should be prevented from voting in the next general election has caused widespread criticism for its Islamophobic statements. The Media Diversity Insitute published an article highlighting how Rod Liddle’s racist statements are far from being isolated, and Get the Trolls Out! joined the Stop Funding Hate campaign, by putting pressure on companies to stop advertising on media outlets that make profit out of hateful articles.
The alternative news platform Sceptr hosted the author Mark Scholliers to talk about his new book; however, the article turned into an opportunity to promote the far-right theory of ‘Islamisation.’ This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for October.
An article published in Origo repeatedly puts emphasis on the Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s religion, calling him “mayor of Pakistan's migrant background”, “Islamic migrant from Pakistan”, “Muslim mayor”. In doing so, Origo draws a false connection between his political actions and his religion. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for October.
Trivialisation often goes hand in hand with discrimination, as is the case in an article by the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, in the article “China and its Muslims, a complicated relationship”.
Get the Trolls Out! Belgian partner European Network on Religion and Belief sent a letter of complaint to Le Soir, requesting the headline is changed. The phrasing “China and its Muslims” stigmatizes and denigrates the Chinese Muslim population, presenting them as a separate part of the country.