Following an opinion piece by journalist Gábor Miklósi on independent media Index, the pro-government 888.hu published an antisemitic caricature of the reporter. The public broadcasting service M1 Hirado also devoted 8 minutes of their morning news to Mi Hazánk far-right party’s attacks against Index journalists, and antisemitic posters appeared all across Budapest. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for November.
An article published in Origo repeatedly puts emphasis on the Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s religion, calling him “mayor of Pakistan's migrant background”, “Islamic migrant from Pakistan”, “Muslim mayor”. In doing so, Origo draws a false connection between his political actions and his religion. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for October.
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.
The pro-government news sites Pesti Srácok and Origo report about the Eid al-Adha celebrations in Europe by presenting Islamophobic narratives of Muslims as dangerous, barbarian and violent. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for August.
The pro-government news site Origo uses data on discrimination against Christians across the world to spread fears on the presence of Islam in Europe. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for July.
Anti-migrant and anti-Muslim discourse is dominating propaganda media in Hungary. As Get the Trolls Out (GTTO) media monitoring results have shown, government-led and government-financed media regularly spread Islamophobic messages, peaking around elections time. Voices from different religious communities are rarely heard in the mainstream media, and when they are represented, they are framed through the lens of the right-wing government.
Hungarian state news agency website Hirado uncritically reports Fidesz press conference’s statements about EU humanitarian programmes, spreading unfounded fears about terrorism. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for June.
The Hungarian national news agency (MTI) carried an alarming news item on 28 March: ’40,000 migrants are about to set off from Turkey and Greece towards Central Europe, to be joined along the way by many more’. The agency reported that they were gathering then and were setting off on 5 April.
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 Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary was televised delivering a fear-mongering tirade against Islam on Easter Monday.