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.
The pro-government news sites Pesti Srácok and Origo report about the Eid al-Adha celebrations in Europe by presenting Islamophobic narratives of Muslims as dangerous, barbarian and violent. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for August.
Right-wing blog Westerse Beschaving acts as an information portal for those looking for ‘proof’ of Islam’s incompatibility with the West. It uses quotes from the Quran out of context to spread this narrative. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for July.
The religious news platform Vima Orthodoxias gave a platform to known conspiracy theorist, author Serena Nomikou. In the article, Nomikou made very extreme anti-Muslim claims backed by zero evidence. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for July.
In an interview with “Le Soir,” Conservative N-VA MP & former editor of Joods Actual Michael Freilich said that Muslim and Jewish religious head coverings were not comparable, saying that a Jewish kippah is a symbol of faith, white a Muslim hijab is a symbol of oppression. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for July.
The Telegraph published a video on Twitter of England cricket players Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid walking away from the champagne celebrations following their World Cup win, falsely framing the situation in a negative light. This is the UK’s media monitoring highlight for July.
The pro-government news site Origo uses data on discrimination against Christians across the world to spread fears on the presence of Islam in Europe. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for July.