Collective Action Zoo Humain performed at an art festival in Ghent with a parody the Eurovision theme song 2019. While claiming only to criticize Israel, the group made comments clearly relating directly to Jews, crossing the line between anti-Zionism and antisemitism. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for May.
The DH.be news website spreads Islamophobic narratives promoted by the “Liste Destexhe” party by uncritically republishing their hateful campaign material. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Belgian outlet La Libre shared an opinion piece perpetuating stereotypes of veiled Muslim women, painting them as victims. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for April.
The far-right Belgian political party Vlaams Belang shared a misleading and xenophobic news report on their Facebook page, in line with their consistent anti-migrant and anti-Islam stance. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for April.
The European Union of Jewish Students wrote a complaint to Doorbraak, an opinion website, for the publication of an article explicitly blaming Islam for being a violent religion that poses security threats to Belgian society.
A complaint by EUJS to a reporter at the outlet Sceptr requesting him to stop purposely framing migrants as criminals has been left without any answers. Sceptr, a nationalist alternative media site covering news in Belgium and the Netherlands, regularly handpicks articles on crimes allegedly committed by migrants, even when there is no evidence that the perpetrators are foreigners.
A complaint by EFOMW requesting the Belgian news outlet La Libre to avoid dangerous simplifications when reporting on Muslims has been ignored by the editors. An opinion piece published in March has made widespread generalisations about what classifies as good Muslims and bad Muslims, creating misunderstandings that could lead to discrimination against those that the author sweepingly labels in a negative way.
A complaint by EFOMW requesting the Belgian news outlet 7sur7 remove photos with Nazi insignias from an article is ignored by the editors. The article appeared on 7sur7 provided a platform for Nazi symbols and to the opinion of a man who defines himself as a Hitler fan.
An opinion piece in Belgian daily La Libre critiques Saudi influence on Mosques and in the process of doing so, makes a distinction between ‘good Muslims’ and ‘bad Muslims’. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for March.
During the annual Carnival parade in Aalst the NGO Vismooil’n walked through the city dressed as caricatured orthodox Jews along with an extremely antisemitic float. Following a backlash, Aalst’s mayor responded by saying he did not want to impose censorship. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for March.