BILD berichtete über einen Vorfall, der sich am 5. Januar in Deutschland ereignete, als sich in Gelsenkirchen ein mit einem Messer bewaffneter Mann Polizisten näherte und daraufhin erschossen wurde. In der ursprünglichen Version des Artikels wurde in der Überschrift behauptet, die Polizei habe einen Terroranschlag verhindert. Dies ist das deutsche Medien Monitoring Highlight für Januar 2020.
Dans le cadre de son émission TV « Face à l’info », Éric Zemmour a exprimé, encore une fois, des propos racistes extrêmement violents à l’encontre des migrants notamment d’origine musulmane. La chaine d’information qui diffuse l’émission, Cnews, a préféré diffuser les extraits racistes exprimés par Zemmour dans l’émission. En cela, elle est responsable, autant qu’Éric Zemmour, de la propagation de ce discours haineux.
On national TV, Zsolt Bayer, programme anchor and founding member of Fidesz, shows a video of a bullying incident in Sweden and wonders why “the society would not demand the immediate cleansing of these black animals”. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for January.
From an article on the Flemish De Standaard normalising anti-Muslim rhetoric to the French commentator Zemmour saying that he does not care if children die crossing the Mediterranean sea, these January 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.
Talking on his own TV show Face à l'info, Eric Zemmour has, once more, expressed violent racist remarks against migrants and Muslims. The news channel that hosts the show, CNews, decided to include this racist content in the broadcast, and is therefore responsible, in addition to Zemmour, for spreading incitement to violence. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for January.
Talking to James Delingpole on his podcast, actor Laurence Fox comments on the recently released film ‘1917’, making disrespectful and incorrect claims about Sikh soldiers during World War I. This is the UK’s media monitoring highlight for January.
In an article introducing the new fraction leader for Vlaams Belang, newspaper De Standaard published inflammatory anti-Muslim comments without any context or critical stance. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for January.
German tabloid Bild reported on an attack on police officers, wrongly labelling it as a terrorist attack and subsequently playing into far-right conspiracy theories. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for January.
Katie Hopkins, one of the most prominent hate speech commentators of the last decade has had her twitter account suspended and her tweets hidden following a campaign by the anti-hate group Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH).
By: Jeremy Ullmann
Hopkins has been using her social media channels along with media appearances and work as a columnist for both The Sun and The Daily Mail to spread far-right and conservative views since her stint as a contestant on The Apprentice in 2007. Often positioning herself as an advocate for free speech, she has amassed over a million followers on twitter alone. Get The Trolls Out has been reacting and debunking her hateful content for many years.
The CCDH group (backed by Sadiq Khan, Rachel Riley and Gary Linekar among others) met with Twitter, stressing the need to discuss excluding "hate actors from public discourse".
Following the meeting, Hopkin’s account was locked, with only a few old retweets still displayed and a company message saying: ‘This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.’
A Twitter spokesman commented:" Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us - abuse and harassment have no place on the service. "We take enforcement action against any account that is violative of our rules - which includes violations of our hateful conduct policy and abusive behaviour policy. These rules apply to everyone using our service - regardless of the account involved."
CCDH’s discussed the importance of regulating social media: There is a long road ahead before social media is made safe for dialogue, information exchange and the formation and maintenance of relationships. The fact parents are so hesitant and fearful of allowing children onto social media platforms shows how toxic many of these environments have become.
CCDH’s success shows the necessity of campaigning and stand up to individuals who spread hate-speech. When many social media platforms let hate-speech thrive, holding them to account is sometimes the only way to ensure those who break company policy are reprimanded accordingly.