From Belgian politican repeatedly spreading anti-Muslim sentiments online to a National Rally local candidate sharing a video blaming Jews for the coronavirus pandemic, these March 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.
Owned by the government-friendly KESMA, dozens of local papers published a story on Islamic radicalisation in British prisons, using fear-mongering and sensationalist language. This is Hungary’s media monitoring highlight for March.
Alain Mondino, head of the far-right National Rally list in municipal elections in Paris suburbs, shared an antisemitic conspiracy theory video which claimed that the Coronavirus was "developed by the Jews" in order to "establish their supremacy". This is France’s media monitoring highlight for March.
Using fear-mongering and militaristic language, an article on the political blog Die Achse des Guten, claims that the opening of the Turkish border with Greece will lead to a “new wave of immigration” that could be “larger than that of 2015”. This is Germany’s media monitoring highlight for March.
While reporting about the tensions at the Turkey-Greece border, Belgian news outlets La Libre and Le Vif used fear-mongering photos that depicted asylum seekers as violent rioters while hiding the human rights violations by Greek and Turkish police forces. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for March.
Greek sensationalist newspaper Proto Thema published an article using common far-right narratives, using a troubling Twitter page as their only source. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for March.
Greek newspaper Kathimerini shared a cartoon which implied that Muslims are secretly carrying the coronavirus, spreading fear and hate. This is Greece’s media monitoring highlight for March.
Cartoonist Steve Bell created a cartoon portraying Priti Patel in an anti-Hindu matter for The Guardian. This is the UK’s media monitoring highlight for March.
Sam van Rooy, a politician for the Vlaams Belang party, used his Facebook and Twitter platform to repeatedly spread anti-Muslim narratives and sentiments. This is Belgium’s media monitoring highlight for March.