From a Belgian news site dismissing antisemitism to a Hunagrian pro-government news site misreporting facts to promote an anti-Muslim agenda, 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.
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.
Hungarian news website Origo spins the facts on an incident in France to support the false narrative of “Islamisation”. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for May.
The far-right blog Journalistenwatch (JouWatch) uses an account of irreligious school children joining their Muslim peers in fasting for Ramadan in order to invoke the conspiratorial narrative of an alleged “Islamisation” taking place in Europe. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Greek opinion site The Analyst casts doubt on whether the fire in Notre Dame was an accident and rants about an alarming number of Muslims in Belgium. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for May.
A clear anti-Semitic photo of far-right National Rally aide Guillaume Pradoura emerged and was picked up widely by the French press. France Soir’s coverage remained neutral, never addressing the seriousness of the anti-Semitism in the case. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Former English Defense League leader Tommy Robison ran inthe EU elections and encountered much criticism along the way. This article focusses on a violent incident during his campaign, but leaves out key details and uses anti-Muslim tropes. This is UK’s media monitoring highlight for May.
Greek newspaper Dimokratia published a column giving their official stance on the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks, a stance that is clearly anti-Muslim. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for April.
The far-right blog Philosophia Perennis uses global statistics of Christian killings as a means to promote the idea of an existential attack on Christians by Muslims. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for April.