From a Belgian news site dismissing antisemitism to a Hunagrian pro-government news site misreporting facts to promote an anti-Muslim agenda, these May 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.
A clear anti-Semitic photo of far-right National Rally aide Guillaume Pradoura emerged and was picked up widely by the French press. France Soir’s coverage remained neutral, never addressing the seriousness of the anti-Semitism in the case. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Former English Defense League leader Tommy Robison ran inthe EU elections and encountered much criticism along the way. This article focusses on a violent incident during his campaign, but leaves out key details and uses anti-Muslim tropes. This is UK’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Collective Action Zoo Humain performed at an art festival in Ghent with a parody the Eurovision theme song 2019. While claiming only to criticize Israel, the group made comments clearly relating directly to Jews, crossing the line between anti-Zionism and antisemitism. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Following the Sri Lanka attacks on 21st of April, the conservative Greek daily Dimokratia published a column stating its official position on these attacks the next day. This column targets Islam, claiming it is a "violent faith" which is "incompatible with democratic values and gender equality". In so doing, Dimokratia strives to provide a moral grounding for racism and discrimination, which could incite violence and damage social cohesion...
Populist British news site Politicalite has officially been banned from Facebook. Politicalite has regularly been highlighted by Get The Trolls Out! with partner the Media Diversity Institute monitoring it continuously for incidents of religious hate speech.
The DH.be news website spreads Islamophobic narratives promoted by the “Liste Destexhe” party by uncritically republishing their hateful campaign material. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Hungarian news website Origo spins the facts on an incident in France to support the false narrative of “Islamisation”. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for May.
The far-right blog Journalistenwatch (JouWatch) uses an account of irreligious school children joining their Muslim peers in fasting for Ramadan in order to invoke the conspiratorial narrative of an alleged “Islamisation” taking place in Europe. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Greek opinion site The Analyst casts doubt on whether the fire in Notre Dame was an accident and rants about an alarming number of Muslims in Belgium. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for May.