Items filtered by date: January 2020

Thursday, 30 January 2020 09:07

The Eye as Witness

 We all have seen images of Nazi ghettos and concentration camps. But through whose eyes are we seeing this past?

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Laurence Fox thinks it is 'institutionally racist’ and 'forced diversity' to include Sikh soldiers in a First World War Film. Here are the real facts.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 13:53

Melanie Phillips' most Islamophobic moments

In December, Melanie Phillips had an article published in The Times saying 'Islamists are not the same as other prisoners'. Phillips has a long history of spreading such ideas. Melanie Phillips and her ideas are nothing new, and large platforms continue to give their reach and audience to her. It begs the question: when has someone spread enough hate to be denied an audience? 

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After the second complaint filed by GTTO partner ENORB in a couple of months, Belgian news site DH.be has retracted an inappropiate cover image in an article. 

In October 2019, ENORB wrote to the editor of DH.be on the subject of an article using an image of a woman in a niqab to illustrate 'hostility of Belgian residents to the wearing of head coverings'. The image was removed and replaced by a woman wearing a hijab - a much more common and representative item of clothing worn by Muslim women. 

In December, the same website published an article titled: 'Wearing the veil prohibited in two schools in Antwerp' also used a niqab as their display image. ENORB contacted DH.be again saying 'a mainstream media spreading this image misleads readers, it reinforces stereotypes and removes an understanding of the nuances and the diversity which exist within the Muslim community'. They voiced frustration that the same issue of misrepresentation had happened again, and that they expected the same correction to be made as in October.

The editor responded within half an hour, briefly stating that they changed the image in question following ENORB's request.

Though we appreciate the fast response and correction of the image used, it is very disappointing that such a mistake could happen so soon after the first. We encourage DH.be and other news sites, to consider these issues before they publish their articles, and to ensure these considerations become part of the natural publishing proceedure. 

DH

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Monday, 20 January 2020 11:31

Causeur and Ladj Ly - December MMH

Causeur, France's far-right magazine reported baseless false information about director Ladj Ly’s judicial past, accusing him of wanting to enforce the Sharia law. Journalism should be held to a higher standard than this, where hate-speech has no place.

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When an article is published titled 'Pakistanis slaughter each other on the road... The "meat-mincers" being allowed to stay in the country are getting trained (to kill)' - it's probably time to investigate the story further...

The Greek Amazonios.net platform published this story on 17th December 2019, which focuses on a specific instance of violence between two Pakistani individuals. It however, failed to give the story any proper context, and instead used this incident to generalise about all Pakistanis living in Greece.

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Saint Martin's day celebration in Germany is a traditional German festival, where children walk through town with colourful lanterns, singing songs about the saint. According to local news in the town of Bonn, a Muslim mother wearing a headscarf was watching the festival line with her children when the performer of the Saint Martin character reportedly stated emphatically to her that Saint Martin’s day is a Christian tradition. Later, the mother’s sister-in-law took to Facebook to state how the comment made the mother feel unwelcome and excluded. Both Junge Freiheit and Compact newspapers insinuated in their reporting that the Muslim women were overly sensitive, and then ironically raised doubts that “this neutrality” will also lead to a “de-Islamising of the Muslim Ramadan festival in order not to offend the (still existing) Christian children.”

The articles implicitly perpetuate stereotypes about Muslims being a danger to Christian and/or Western cultures, claiming that they slowly try to erode customs under the pretence of a factitious call for inclusion. This is where anti-Islamic sentiment begins, and when these ideas are left unchallenged in the media, it can then be seen as factual by members of the population.

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On November 10th, a building which was set to serve as an asylum center was set on fire in the Belgian city of #Bilzen. A few days before, a few protestors from the political party #VlaamsBelang were photographed in-front of the building, leading commentators to suggest that they were behind the fire. A week later, Tom Van Grieken, chairman of Vlaams Belang, spoke at a party event, to respond to the accusations...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 11:01

Julien Odoul and 'Laïcité' - November MMH

On the 11th October, far-right politician Julien Odoul demanded a Muslim mother visting the regional French assembly of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté remove her headscarf or leave the building, citing a breach of 'laïcité', or secularism. She was accompanying her son on a school trip, and had to comfort him as he cried. The education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer stated on national TV later, that "the law does not prohibit veiled women from accompanying children, but we do not wish to encourage the phenomenon". In the past few years, the Muslim headscarf has been central to anti-Muslim hatred. Not only does secularism have a higher impact on the Muslim community, but it has also been manipulated by the far-right to promote anti-Muslim racism.

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