In a recent piece for Ponton News, former military officer Savvas Kalenteridis commented on immigration in Greece, using strong far-right narratives and tropes.
From a national news channel broadcasting an anti-Muslim speech to a media outlet smearing an opposition parties’ candidates for their stance on migration, these September 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.
Andreas Andrianopoulos shared his views on immigration in an opinion piece on one of Greece's most read news platforms. The article made sweeping sensationalist claims about immigrants coming to Greece. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for September.
The pro-government newspaper Magyar Nemzet puts together old quotes on migration by opposition parties’ mayor candidates to instill fears in the Hungarian electorate if elected.. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for September.
David Brown wrote an article for The Times trying to ‘expose’ the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, using anti-Muslim tropes throughout the piece. This is the UK’s media monitoring highlight for September.
At the “Convention of the Right”, the far-right commentator Eric Zemmour violently attacked Muslims as “migrant colonisers” and compared Islam to Nazism. The speech was broadcast in its entirety by LCI, spreading anti-Muslim invectives to millions of viewers. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for September.
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.
An article on the far-right news website PI-News smears Muslims as backwards and claims they have no positive contribution to offer Europe. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for August.
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.
In the past few months, the two Greek news sites have shared open letters by the bishop where he attacks Muslims for the opening of a mosque in Athens. Symbiosis, GTTO partner in Greece, filed two complaints to news media outlets Vima Orthodoxias and Proto Thema for giving a platform to anti-Muslim statements by Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta, a fiery conservative Greek Orthodox bishop.