From a trending antisemitic hashtag on Twitter in France, to a public broadcaster publishing a video inflating Islamist terrorist messages in Hungary, these May 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.
An article about the recent Brussels riots, which appeared on 7sur7, uses police authorities as the only sources, reproducing Islamophobic quotations, and neglecting to analyse the reasons behind the protests. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for May.
An antisemitic hashtag, #sijétaitunjuif (#ifIwasaJew), became popular on Twitter after many people reacted denouncing its anti-Jewish message. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Far-right media blog JouWatch published an article about public mass prayer to celebrate Eir al-Fitr, using it to push the dangerous ‘Islamisation’ narrative. This is the Germany’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Hirado, a news site of the Hungarian public broadcasting service, posted a video where a researcher from a pro-government institute amplified an unverifiable claim by ISIS militant group, fuelling anti-Muslim sentiments. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Writing for Athens Voice, Panagiotis Economou used a recent legal case to spread dangerous anti-Muslim sentiments which bore no relevance to the piece. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for May.
After being de-platformed from most British outlets, Katie Hopkins has started sharing her dangerous ideas of migrants and Muslims on an American online magazine. This is the UK’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Sceptr published several articles which used negative framing and dangerous narratives around migrants and Muslims, creating a troubling trend. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Owned by the government-friendly KESMA, dozens of local papers published a story on Islamic radicalisation in British prisons, using fear-mongering and sensationalist language. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for March.
Alain Mondino, head of the far-right National Rally list in municipal elections in Paris suburbs, shared an antisemitic conspiracy theory video which claimed that the Coronavirus was "developed by the Jews" in order to "establish their supremacy". This is France’s media monitoring highlight for March.