Get the Trolls Out! Belgian partner EUJS sent a complaint letter to ReactNiews.net, a blog that depicts migrants, particularly Muslim migrants, as dangerous criminals.
As written in our Belgian media monitoring highlight, a recent piece by ReactNieuws.net claimed that Merkel was seen acting uncomfortably during the national anthem because she felt a sense of ‘overwhelming shame’. This ‘shame’, according to ReactNieuws, is due to the fact that she betrayed her country and its people by “opening the border in 2015 for an invasion of more than 1 million Muslims, who since then have raped and murdered German women and girls to a disproportionate extent.”
This post on the ReactNieuws blog is clearly a piece of disinformation. Merkel’s condition on June 19th was widely reported and all respectable news platforms referenced her comments shortly after the event, in which she stated that the shaking was due to her being dehydrated. It is clear that ReactNieuws used this event to push a hateful narrative against migrants and Muslims.
ReactNieuws has been gaining readership recently, with a steadily increasing audience on Facebook. It follows a similar editorial style to right-wing blogs like Sceptr.net and Doorbraak.be.