This article part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of October, 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: 14 October 2018
Media Outlet: Epoch Times, right-wing populist online newspaper
Author: Daniel Prinz
Headline: “Soon 300 million Muslims and Africans in Europe? Replacement of the nation and Islamisation not a ‘conspiracy theory’”
Description of the anti-Muslim content: The article reiterates the stereotypes of Muslim cultures being violent and incompatible with German values. It describes Muslim prayers in public spaces as “provocative” and a sign of an “Islamic claim to power”. Refugees are accused of using the “battle cry” of “Allahu Akbar! Europe belongs to us” when they cross European borders by sea. False myths such as the “replacement of the nation” and “Islamisation” are claimed not to be conspiracy theories, the proof of which would be the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, a UN agreement recently finalised. The language used frames migration as threatening. The author writes of “flood of migrants” of “biblical proportions” which is meant to “thin out, displace, and exterminate” the native population.
Myth debunked: Prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam. There are five required daily prayers spread throughout the day. When praying, Muslims kneel in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca. For Christians who want to pray, there are plenty of churches where they can walk in any time of the day. But for Muslims, in countries where they are a minority, it is not easy to find a mosque or a designated prayer space every time. A shortage of mosques leads worshippers to pray on roads. Paradoxically, the same political movements that oppose the building of mosques, complain because Muslims have to resort to praying in the street. The “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” is not proof of conspiracy theories. It is a UN global agreement that tries to establish a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions. Nowhere in the agreement are there references to a replacement taking place. It is a notion, not based on any evidence, used by the far-right to fuel fear against Muslims.
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