This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of August, 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 September 2018
Media Outlet: Makeleio, daily Greek newspaper run by the conspiracist and anti-establishment journalist Stefanos Chios.
Headline: “An atrocious spectacle of cannibalism – Illegals butcher cats and dogs, they skewer them and eat them.”
Description of the anti-migrant content: This story was published on Makeleio’s front page, and accused a group of migrants of butchering cats and dogs, and subsequently eating them. The newspaper branded these men as cannibals, pedalling an ideology that migrants are ‘dangerous’ and do not belong in their host countries. Apart from the headline on the front page, there is a brief piece on the 10th page of the newspaper, explaining that a single anonymous source saw this incident take place.
Myth debunked: This article has no reliable sources. Running a front page story based on one anonymous source is not good journalism, as there is no way of verifying the source’s claims. The source is not named and very little information is actually given about the incident. The article also follows the narrative frequently used in relation to immigrants, mainly Muslim immigrants, as being savages. The reference to cannibalism in the headline highlights this. In this example, Makeleio ran an extremely provocative headline and front page without providing any real background or facts about the case. This is not the first time Makeleio has published an article of this calibre; the publication is known for its sensationalist and often misinformed media reports.
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