Every Christmas trolls try to make Muslims into the Grinches of today. Everything is part of a "war on Christmas", be it red coffee cups or cards that read "Happy festive season". The inability of some people to understand that they are not attacked by the fact that other people don't celebrate their holidays was worth memefying.
Over the past year, a video went viral of a 15 year old Syrian boy being “waterboarded” by his classmates in Northern England, and a car purposefully crashed into a crowd outside of a mosque in London. Islamophobia is on the rise across the country, with three out of five British Muslims reporting that they have experienced hate crimes.
From preposterous proposals to adopt “French” first names to made-up Christmas bans, these November highlights are an overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
Greek MP Voridis has spread exaggerated rumours of an impending inexistent danger with the aim of inciting public fear. The former minister has stated that, if the government proposal on State-Church relations is implemented, religious icons such as Jesus’ in schools and courts would not be allowed; that the cross must be removed from the Greek flag; and that Christmas would not be publicly celebrated. This is Greece's media monitoring highlight for November.
In a biased article with no original sources, little context, and the point of view of a single expert, the Hungarian public broadcaster promotes prejudices against Muslims. This is Hungary's media monitoring highlight for November.
Austrian tabloid Krone has published an article that, using fabrications and inflammatory language, depicts inexisting threats from migrants. This is Germany's media monitoring highlight for November.
In an article about the roundtables attended by French president Macron in Molenbeek, one person is singled out as “a young veiled woman” while most of the other people are described by profession. This is Belgium's media monitoring highlight for November.
A populist far-right news website has illustrated an article with photos that misinform and are inflammatory. In the entire piece, there is no mention of the asylum seekers’ religion and yet the photos show a British street filled with many men who are exclusively Muslim, as well as a woman wearing a niqab. This is UK's media monitoring highlight for November.
French MP Julien Aubert has presented a series of 18 policy proposals on Islam in France called “Oser la France” (“Venturing France). One such proposal would force citizens to adopt a “French” middle name. This is France's media monitoring highlight for November.
A populist far-right news website has corrected inaccurate and misleading statistics after the Media Diversity Institute sent a complaint to the publication. Even with this correction, however, the article remains deeply hateful against Muslims.