From a Hungarian "security expert" justifying the Hanau shooting as "self-defence" on national TV to the BBC Question Time programme promoting anti-migrant ideas, these February 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.
Greek newspaper Kathimerini hosted an opinion piece and a response piece which both shared anti-Muslim sentiments on the topic of political correctness, while not allowing for any other opinions. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for February.
In analysing antisemitism in Europe, a regular contributor at Le Vif, uses controversial words such as Islamofascism and Islamoleftism, and pits Muslim and Jewish voters against each other. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for February.
Agnès Cerighelli, local councillor in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, published a number of anti-Muslim tweets attacking some election candidates for their North African origins. Inciting racial and religious discrimination, Cerighelli stated that the desire for Paris and Marseille to have North African Muslim mayors is “betraying France, its identity and history”. This is France’s media monitoring highlight for February.
On the show BBC Question Time, a woman was given a platform for an anti-migrant hateful rant. BBC later shared the clip on Twitter, with no critical context. This is the UK’s media monitoring highlight for February.
An article published in Compact Magazin mocks an SPD MP’s suggestion to erect a monument to achievements by Muslim citizens. Through irony and sarcasm, the news outlet disparages and abuses the Muslim community in Germany. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for February.
A piece on the Doorbraak.be website makes hateful anti-Muslim claims based on completely irrelevant context. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for February.
Interviewed on the public service media's news channel M1 to comment on the Hanau shooting, a so-called “security expert” close to Orban’s government said that the violence by the far-right terrorist Tobias Rathjen was “a form of self-defence” and “a rational answer to immigration”. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for February.