The former Belgian minister, Theo Francken, of the Flemish nationalist N-VA party, has given priority to Syrian Christian asylum seekers under the country’s humanitarian visa programme. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for January.
The known anti-Muslim activist Anne Marie Waters claims that “the priority of the establishment is always to protect the [Islamic] religion”, but facts show the opposite: government officials repeatedly stigmatise and attack Muslims. This is UK’s media monitoring highlight for January.
In a parliamentary debate on medically assisted procreation, Agnès Thill, MP of President Macron’s party LREM, produced a note where she projected her homophobic views onto Muslims and used them as the reasons for her objection to the law. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for January.
Sándor Szakály, Director of the Veritas Research Institute run by the government, stated that the 1920 law limiting Jews from registering at university did not specifically target Jewish people. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for January.
The alternative media outlet Sceptr re-publishes crime stories that appeared in mainstream media in order to highlight perpetrators as foreign nationals. In most of the cases, however, they are labelled “foreigner”, just on the basis of their skin colour or foreign-sounding name. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for January.
The far-right PI-News offers a fictional account of what Germany will be in 2021, using racist slurs and false anti-Muslim conspiracy narratives. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for January.