Belgian political party Vlaams Belang responded to a xenophobic arson attack in Bilzen by using it as a platform for anti-Muslim hate. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for November.
Speaking at the annual event of IJzerwake, an organisation uniting radical Flemish nationalists, chairman Wim de Wit delivered a violent anti-Muslim, homophobic, racist, sexist, and antiziganist speech. EUJS, Get The Trolls Out! partner in Belgium, sent a complaint letter to Wim de Wit to express their concern about his words and to highlight the inconsistency between his anti-democratic statements and the Flemish democratic values.
ENORB, GTTO partner in Belgium, has filed a complaint to the TV channel RTBF for unprofessional conduct. A news bulletin clip and a related article drew attention to the religion of the attacker who stabbed and killed four police officers at Paris’ police headquarters on 3 October 2019 but failed to explain why this was relevant to the story.
Prompted by a complaint by the European Network On Religious Belief, the Belgian news site DH.be changed a photo used in an article about people’s attitudes towards Muslim head coverings.
An RTBF news bulletin clip and related article highlighted information about the religion of an attacker who stabbed four police officers but failed to explain the relevance to the story. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for October.
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 spreading harmful generalisations about Salafism in Belgium and the Netherlands has been published by the Belgian news outlet DH.be.
The Get the Trolls Out! partner in Belgium, European Network on Religion and Belief, has submitted a complaint to DH.be requesting significant edits to the article.
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.
The Belgian news outlet DH.be published a fear-mongering article spreading harmful generalisations about Salafism in Belgium and the Netherlands. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for September.
ReactNieuws is an online news blog that continually publishes articles that use anti-Muslim and xenophobic tropes and narratives, encouraging their readers to adopt these hateful and dangerous ideas. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for September.