The pro-government media outlet Origo fuels fears about a spike of coronavirus cases in Britain during Ramadan. Their claims have no evidence behind them and are anchored in anti-Muslim bigotry. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for April.
An article published in Origo repeatedly puts emphasis on the Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s religion, calling him “mayor of Pakistan's migrant background”, “Islamic migrant from Pakistan”, “Muslim mayor”. In doing so, Origo draws a false connection between his political actions and his religion. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for October.
The pro-government news sites Pesti Srácok and Origo report about the Eid al-Adha celebrations in Europe by presenting Islamophobic narratives of Muslims as dangerous, barbarian and violent. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for August.
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.
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.
A pro-government media outlet uses the persecution of Copts in Egypt to fan the flames of Islamophobia in Europe. This is our Hungary's media monitoring highlight for July 2018.
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.
The prominence given to immigration in domestic Hungarian politics since 2015 has surprised migration experts. It took a particularly distinct form in the period leading up to the general election in April 2018, when migration was placed centre-stage, albeit presented in a distorted, negative way, in the government-controlled media such as the Hungarian news website Origo (origo.hu). We never thought that we would witness such a clear example of moral panic.