On 19th September 2018, Belgium’s leading progressive francophone daily Le Soir published a video-guide to the upcoming elections. Among other information, their video claimed that around 130,000 foreign citizens have been fraudulently registered as voters.
Belgian right-wing youth movement ‘Schild en Vrienden’ is being investigated for antisemitic, anti-Muslim, xenophobic, racist and sexist content posted on secret Facebook groups.
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.
An article in Le Vif calls the face veil “an ideological uniform” and claims that the “promoters of women’s face veil obviously have a political agenda” incompatible with democracy and human rights.
On 5th August 2018, the popular British newspaper The Daily Telegraph published an op-ed about Denmark’s Burqa Ban by the former British Foreign Secretary [Foreign Affairs Minister] Boris Johnson. In the article, Johnson uses Islamophobic language that calls women who wear the burqa “ridiculous” and compares them to “letter boxes” and “bank robber[s]”. He has been widely criticised for this and told to apologise by his own Conservative party.
From a non-Muslim journalist wearing a burka to mock those who wear it, to headlines deceiving readers to believing that Islam is taking the role of the Protestant Church in schools,, these August 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.
After a coalition of 100 Muslim women denounced discrimination in employment against veiled women, a Belgian citizen accuses them wear the headscarf just for its appearance and not to be true campaigners for equality. This is our Belgium's media monitoring highlight for August 2018.
A German tabloid deceives readers into believing that Islamic studies are given priority over Protestant religion in schools. But only subscribers can read the real reason. And it has nothing to do with an invasion. This is our Germany's media monitoring highlight for August 2018.
When Chantal Delsol claims that Muslim migrants cannot fully integrate into Europe, she is implying the moral superiority of European society and the need for (anti-Muslim) assimilation. This is our France's media monitoring highlight for August 2018