Interviewed on the public service media's news channel M1 to comment on the Hanau shooting, a so-called “security expert” close to Orban’s government said that the violence by the far-right terrorist Tobias Rathjen was “a form of self-defence” and “a rational answer to immigration”. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for February.
The pro-government news site Origo uses data on discrimination against Christians across the world to spread fears on the presence of Islam in Europe. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for July.
Anti-migrant and anti-Muslim discourse is dominating propaganda media in Hungary. As Get the Trolls Out (GTTO) media monitoring results have shown, government-led and government-financed media regularly spread Islamophobic messages, peaking around elections time. Voices from different religious communities are rarely heard in the mainstream media, and when they are represented, they are framed through the lens of the right-wing government.
The propaganda media Origo reports that, in Belgium, some Christian pupils have been “forced to pray in a mosque”, but provides no sources, no footage, and no context, feeding existing Islamophobic narratives on the “submission” of Europe to Islam. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for December.
June media monitoring highlight for Hungary. Origo took the story from Infowars, a known fake news website that, in turn, had taken the story from Voice of Europe, another known fake news website.