This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of May, a monthly overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
Date of publication: 27 May 2018
Media outlet: Makelio
About the source: Makelio, which means “massacre”, is a daily newspaper published in Greece. Its editor also works as a commentator for mainstream TV channels.
Headline: “Mytilini has become Afrin! Jihadists all over the island have killed 4 Kurds who did not observe the Ramadan. Fear is spread among the citizens while at the same time Tsipras is busy legislating about gays and drug users”
Description of the anti-Muslim content: The newspaper claims that four people have died as a result of tensions at the Moria refugee camp in the Greek island of Lesbos. It states that they were killed by ISIS militants trying to reach mainland Greece. “They don’t care about killing their own people, imagine what they will do to us!” The police have never confirmed that the killers were ISIS militants. Mr. Toskas, Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection, has officially stated that the incident was not a result of Islamic extremists. It is a fabrication by the newspaper.
Myth Debunked: The four people mentioned in the article did not actually die. They were injured and taken to hospital. This media outlet simply fabricated that the killers were affiliated with ISIS, the reporter also mentions different facts, not connected with the incident, in an attempt to bolster their arguments and create a false reality. More significantly, this tragic incident draws attention to the poor living conditions of people forced to live in limbo. The newspaper is purposely spreading false information in order to slur Muslim refugees and add fuel to the flames of an issue that deeply divides people in Greece. Of course criminality is and should be condemned but it should not be connected with ISIS or fundamentalism without evidence. Furthermore, this opportunity is being used by the reporter to attack the Greek Prime Minister Tsipras for giving priority to same-sex couples’ legislation over the security of citizens.
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