This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of June, 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: 22 June 2018
Media outlet: Origo is a pro-government news portal. It changed its editorial stance in 2015, moving from being critical of the Fidesz-led government to becoming more government-friendly in its political reporting
Headline: “In Linz, they force Austrians to sing Islamic songs”
Description of the anti-Muslim content: Muslims are blamed for causing tension in Austrian schools. They are portrayed as intolerant and authoritarian in forcing children to sing Islamic songs and to wear traditional garments. The assertion that a non-Muslim pupil (“intimidated children”) was singing an Islamic song at home was described by Origo as an outrage.
Myth debunked: The article has no reliable sources. Those people who are quoted, such as “a Viennese teacher”, “the Muslim teacher”, “the mother”, are not named, nor is the name of the school at the centre of the controversy. Origo took the story from Infowars, a known fake news website that, in turn, had taken the story from Voice of Europe, another known fake news website. Origo, as a propaganda media outlet, publishes stories like this to back the government agenda and fuel anger against Muslims in Europe and Hungary.
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