Sándor Szakály, Director of the Veritas Research Institute run by the government, stated that the 1920 law limiting Jews from registering at university did not specifically target Jewish people. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for January.
The alternative media outlet Sceptr re-publishes crime stories that appeared in mainstream media in order to highlight perpetrators as foreign nationals. In most of the cases, however, they are labelled “foreigner”, just on the basis of their skin colour or foreign-sounding name. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for January.
The far-right PI-News offers a fictional account of what Germany will be in 2021, using racist slurs and false anti-Muslim conspiracy narratives. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for January.
A propaganda campaign in Hungary reached its climax in July 2017 when billboards across the country carried adverts for the latest round of the Orbán government's National Consultation. The adverts featured the head of George Soros, with the text: “Let's not allow Soros to have the last laugh!" – bearing the implication that the businessman was about to attack Hungary.
This report, published by the Community Service Trust (CST) in collaboration with the Antisemitism Policy Trust, looks at recent trends in internet searches in regards to attitudes towards Jewish people and their community. CST is a UK charity that advises and represents the Jewish community on matters of antisemitism, terrorism, extremism and security.
The report shares some alarming insights; for example: "an average of 170,000 Google searches with antisemitic content are made per year in the United Kingdom. Approximately 10 per cent of these searches involve violent language or intentions." The study also found a direct correlation between what is reported in the media on the Jewish community, and what people search online: "there was a 79 per cent rise in antisemitic Google searches in April 2018, most of which occurred on the day after Jewish community representatives met Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn."
The report also sheds light on the positive effects that have taken place since Google changed it auto-complete function in relation to searches about Jewish people: "when Google removed “Are Jews evil?” from its auto-complete function in December 2016, ten per cent fewer people searched for “Are Jews evil?” than had done so in the previous year."
If you want to read the CST report you can click here, or you can scroll down to the bottom of this page and download the handbook as a pdf file.