From secular discrimination against the Muslim headscarf in France, to a popular lifestyle magazine spreading well-established antisemitic conspiracy theories, these October highlights are an overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
Reporting on the removal of pork from the menu of Düsseldorf kindergartens, the weekly magazine Junge Freiheit implies that Muslim customs are a threat to German culture. Without using sensationalist or overtly anti-Muslim language, the news outlet frames the issue as a problem caused by Muslims. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for October.
Julien Odoul, far-right politician of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (former National Front), posted a video on Twitter of him requesting a Muslim mother at a regional parliament to remove her headscarf. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for October.
Online lifestyle website Athens Magazine spread antisemitic conspiracy theories and disinformation in an article that claims to unearth the sequence of events and policies behind Greece’s debt. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for October.
An RTBF news bulletin clip and related article highlighted information about the religion of an attacker who stabbed four police officers but failed to explain the relevance to the story. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for October.
UK populist and far-right news website Politicalite published an article by Bethany Helmsley which strongly pushes the ‘Great Replacement’ theory and made violent threats. This is UK’s media monitoring highlight for October.
The alternative news platform Sceptr hosted the author Mark Scholliers to talk about his new book; however, the article turned into an opportunity to promote the far-right theory of ‘Islamisation.’ This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for October.
An article published in Origo repeatedly puts emphasis on the Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s religion, calling him “mayor of Pakistan's migrant background”, “Islamic migrant from Pakistan”, “Muslim mayor”. In doing so, Origo draws a false connection between his political actions and his religion. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for October.