From a far-right newspaper accusing the president of Greece of being a “traitor” because of his Jewish identity, to an alternative media website compiling a selection of crime stories based on the assumed nationality of the perpetrators, these January 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. FRANCE – MP blames Muslims for her own homophobic views Date of publication: 18 January 2019 Media outlet: Valeurs Actuelles, conservative magazine Author: Agnès Thill, La République En Marche (LREM) MP in the French national assembly. The Valeurs Actuelles reporter is Bastien Lejeune Link: https://bit.ly/2Ctfki3 Headline: “Medically assisted procreation and Koranic schools: Agnès…
The former Belgian minister, Theo Francken, of the Flemish nationalist N-VA party, has given priority to Syrian Christian asylum seekers under the country’s humanitarian visa programme. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for January.
The known anti-Muslim activist Anne Marie Waters claims that “the priority of the establishment is always to protect the [Islamic] religion”, but facts show the opposite: government officials repeatedly stigmatise and attack Muslims. This is UK’s media monitoring highlight for January.
In a parliamentary debate on medically assisted procreation, Agnès Thill, MP of President Macron’s party LREM, produced a note where she projected her homophobic views onto Muslims and used them as the reasons for her objection to the law. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for January.
Sándor Szakály, Director of the Veritas Research Institute run by the government, stated that the 1920 law limiting Jews from registering at university did not specifically target Jewish people. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for January.
The alternative media outlet Sceptr re-publishes crime stories that appeared in mainstream media in order to highlight perpetrators as foreign nationals. In most of the cases, however, they are labelled “foreigner”, just on the basis of their skin colour or foreign-sounding name. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for January.