From an article discussing German birth rates to push the far-right ‘Great Replacement’ narrative to a Greek bishop using his religous platform to spread anti-Muslim ideas, these June 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.
The Telegraph journalist Nick Timothy wrote an article about the alleged Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, equating the genuine worries from Muslims to a ‘game.’ This is the UK’s media monitoring highlight for June.
Belgian journalist Salima Belabbas was abused with racist comments on social media after presenting the RTL Info news bulletin for her first time. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for June.
Hungarian state news agency website Hirado uncritically reports Fidesz press conference’s statements about EU humanitarian programmes, spreading unfounded fears about terrorism. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for June.
In an interview, Etienne Chouard, a teacher and well-known Yellow Vests political activist, was asked to clarify his position on the Holocaust. While trying to remain vague, Chouard claimed to have no knowledge about the Holocaust and expressed some ambiguous doubts on the existence of the gas chambers. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for June.
Bishop Amvrosios of Greece wrote an extremely inflammatory piece for a religious news platform, in which he references misinformation and claims the government is appeasing Islam. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for June.
An article on the far-right news website PI-News pushed the anti-Muslim and xenophobic narrative of the ‘Great Replacement’ theory, which is popular in far-right circles. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for June.
Alternative news blog ReactNieuws shared an article based on disinformation about Angela Merkel which was rife with xenophobic and anti-Muslim sentiments. The blog regularly shares misinformation and sensationalist content. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for June.