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 broadcast: 3 October 2018
Media Outlet: “With you” TV programme, on SKAI TV, one of the main broadcasters in Greece
Headline: “The first impression experiment. To what extent do stereotypes establish themselves in Greek Society”
Description of the anti-Muslim content: On the daily show “With you” on SKAI TV, a short video described as a ‘social experiment’ was aired and presented to a panel of guests in the studio. The video, which was scripted and produced by the TV programme, showed a Greek person chasing a migrant of Pakistani origin. Prompted by this footage, the panel of guests engaged in a debate where they were allowed to express a series of derogatory anti-Muslim and racist remarks without being unchallenged by the host. Despite being introduced by the host as “ordinary citizens”, some of the guests were editors of far-right newspapers. One of them was the editor-in-chief at Eleftheri Ora, far-right nationalist paper. Immediately after the show was aired, Eleftheri Ora website triumphantly published an article claiming that their voices had been heard.
Myth debunked: Journalists and TV hosts often face challenges on how report hate speech and racist violence, and can sometimes fall victim to political manipulation. But journalists also have a duty to their readers and viewers, as well as significant responsibilities in exposing the lies of those who want to create societal divisions. As the National Union of Journalist in Britain states “press freedom must be conditioned by responsibility and an acknowledgment by all media workers of the need not to allow press freedom to be abused to slander a section of the community or to promote the evil of racism.” The way the host conducted the programme was highly unprofessional. Offensive remarks by the far-right were given legitimacy. This normalised anti-Muslim and anti-migrant violent views and actions and contributed to creating an unsafe environment for minorities living in Greece. Not revealing the identity of all the panel of guest also constitutes a serious case of misinformation towards the viewers.
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