This article is 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: 24 October 2019
Media outlet: Origo.hu is a pro-government news site that serves the views of ruling Fidesz party
Headline: “V4NA: The popularity of the Muslim Mayor in London is falling because of stabbings”
Description of the anti-Muslim content: This article puts emphasis on the Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s religion, repeatedly calling him “mayor of Pakistan's migrant background”, “Islamic migrant from Pakistan”, “Muslim mayor”. In so doing Origo draws a false connection between his political actions and his religion. In this piece, Sadiq Khan is mainly criticised for his inability to tackle knife crime in the capital, which according to Origo causes “scandalous public security in London”. Origo also disapproves of Khan’s positive stance on the peaceful protests by the environmental group Extinction Rebellion in London. This article takes its information from V4NA, a news agency recently established by the Orbán administration in London.
Myth Debunked: It is true that Sadiq Khan currently has a negative satisfaction rating, with 24 percent of Londoners saying they are satisfied with his leadership and 36 percent dissatisfied, according to a YouGov polling. Those who attack Khan over his approach to tackling knife crime in the capital, however, are the London Conservatives, who are the opposition, and Donald Trump. Last June, retweeting a post by right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins, the US president hit out at Sadiq Khan calling him a "disaster" and a "national disgrace" over knife crime in London. But the Office for National Statistics show a different side to this: while knife crime had risen to a record high in England and Wales, there was little overall change in the number of total offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in London in the last year. But even if these statistics showed different results, there is no relation between Sadiq Khan being the son of Pakistan-born parents and his performance as a mayor, let alone the way he addresses knife crime in London.
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