We've already reported about the Belgian right-wing youth movement ‘Schild en Vrienden’. Now their head, Dries van Langenhove, is making our lists again. This meme was made to acompany the December Media Monitoring Highligts article from Belgium.
This meme was inspired by our Greek Media Monitoring Highlight from August. Ethical standards are an important part of journalism, and publishing unverifiable storues on your cover is probably not the best way to go around proving your paper is up to standards.
We were fascinated how anything can be used as a news item. This meme was inspired by our UK November Media Monitoring Highlight in whihc misleading images and wrong statistics were used to fuel anti-Muslim hatred.
Every Christmas trolls try to make Muslims into the Grinches of today. Everything is part of a "war on Christmas", be it red coffee cups or cards that read "Happy festive season". The inability of some people to understand that they are not attacked by the fact that other people don't celebrate their holidays was worth memefying.
Often in our work, we’ll run into people who will complain that we are “against free speech” – and that therefore we should shut up. We find it curious that they don’t see the inconsistency in their claims. It is almost as if their desire to protect free speech is more of a desire to be allowed to say whatever they want and not be challenged on it.