The extreme nationalist Greek newspaper Eleftheri Ora has published a number of anti-Semitic articles throughout the year. In one such article published in March this year, they accused the Democratic Left Party leader Fotis Kouvelis of being a “Jewish Communist agent” with links to George Soros. In an earlier article, the newspaper accused Mathew Nimetz, UN Special Representative for the naming dispute between Greece and Macedonia, of being a member of the Rothschild family who is involved in their global Jewish conspiracy.
From a far-right magazine linking Islam with violence, to a degreading immigrant front-page story with no legitimate sources, these September highlights are an overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, and the United Kingdom.
After a Scout master was fired for his Islamophobic remarks, the Daily Mail gave him a platform to share his hateful views, and painted him in a positive light. This is the UK's media monitoring highlight for September 2018.
In an article describing an incident involving a nine-year-old migrant child and a knife, a German magazine repeatedly linked Islam with violence. This is Germany's media monitoring highlight for September 2018.
Belgian politician Theo Francken retweeted known Holocaust-denier Peter Imanuelsen, later claiming he thought Imanuelsen was just a journalist. This is Belgium's media monitoring highlight for September 2018.
On live French TV, Charles Consigny claimed that those from minority groups have an easier path to success, and that 'native' French people are suffering because of it. This is France's media monitoring highlight for September 2018.
Richard Dawkins tweeted a comparison between the Christian and the Muslim calls to prayer, the Church bells and the Adhan, calling one “nice” and the other “aggressive”. We felt this was more of an prejudiced view about Islam than a detailed auditory analysis. You can read the full article here.
In July Origo published an article that would be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous. You can read the full story here.
Hajar El Jahidi, from Get The Trolls Out! partner European Forum of Muslim Women, wrote an article for the Middle East Eye discussing a recent co-authored an op-ed piece denouncing the discrimination faced by Muslim women in Europe in the jobs market, and the reaction to it. Being one of the authors of the op-ed piece, Hajar explains how one journalist from the French magazine Marianne claimed the piece was an organised attack on French secularism.