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Hungarian Media Campaigns against Refugees and Soros PDF Print

Published: 11 April 2018

Country: Hungary

By Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2018-04-11_at_17.53.12After the Hungarian leader Viktor Orban won a landslide victory at the elections on Sunday, many international media commented on his anti-immigration rhetoric, his image of “Europe’s bad boy” and the challenges that his nationalistic policy poses to the EU liberal values.

The anti-migrants and refugees narrative has been pushed all over Europe proving to be a successful tool for the right and far-right movemnets. In Hungary, many media outlets supported the anti-immigration agenda of Orban’s party Fidesz. Both mainstream and social media have played a significant role in it. In a series of articles ahead of our panel at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia “Fascism is back. Is journalism part of the problem or a solution?", the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has questioned the role of the media in the rise of far-right in Europe.

 
A Media Storm: Antisemitism in the Labour Party PDF Print

Published: 4 April 2018

Country: UK

By Eline Jeanne

Screen_Shot_2018-04-04_at_11.55.09The past few days have seen the media reporting heavily on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, with a focus on antisemitism. This was triggered by a Facebook comment posted a few years ago by Corbyn underneath an image of an antisemitic wall mural, in which he questioned its removal. The issue was brought to light by Luciana Berger, Labour and Co-op MP for Liverpool Wavertree. On March 23rd she tweeted a screenshot of the artist’s Facebook page with Corbyn’s comment, as well as an image of the actual mural, writing that she was awaiting an explanation on this from the Leader’s Office. The case has ignited mass media coverage and debate, and the discussion has shown clear polarised views, both in and out of the Jewish community.

 
German Far-right AfD's Digital Artillery PDF Print

Published: 23 March 2018

Country: Germany

By Angelo Boccato

German_PressSocial media had played a big role in the success of Alternative for Germany (AfD), a far-right party that won 13% in elections in September 2017. AfD also had an assistance of Harris Media, a Texas-based advertizing agency whose clients include the British party UKIP and Donald Trump. Their work could be recognised in an advertising campaign featuring an image of bloody tire tracks criss-crossing European cities, from Berlin to Manchester and Barcelona saying “The tracks left by the world chancellor of Europe”. That was a clear reference to the German chancellor Angela Merkel and her decision to open the country’s borders in 2015.

After Merkel’s political move, many German media have been accused of being uncritical and one-sided in their coverage of the refugee crisis, finds a report commissioned by the Otto Brenner Stiftung in Frankfurt. According to a study led by Thomas Hestermann, Macromedia School journalism professor, the German media’s focus has shifted towards alleged non-German crime suspects, despite the increase of attacks against migrants. For example, the German Interior Ministry claimed in February 2017 that nearly ten attacks against migrants have been made every day in 2016.

 
Most of the Indonesian Media in anti-LGBT Campaign PDF Print

Published: 15 March 2018

Country: Indonesia

By Eline Jeanne

Indonesia_LGBT_PrideIndonesia has recently drafted a new penal code, one that looks to depart from the Dutch criminal code drawn up in the colonial era. The bill has not been passed yet, although many officials are confident it will. If this penal code becomes a reality, many minority groups in Indonesia will suffer consequences. One of these groups is Indonesia’s LGBT community, whose members will see many of their freedoms taken away with this new penal code. Specifically, the penal code would criminalise homosexual sex as well as sex outside of marriage. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) explores the role of the media in a rise of anti-LGBT sentiment in Indonesia.

 
National Geographic Exposes Its Own Racist Past PDF Print

Published: 13 March 2018

Region: Worldwide

By Eline Jeanne

National_Geographic_April_Issue_The iconic yellow spines of National Geographic’s magazines have graced the shelves of households around the world. Covering a range of topics from history to world culture, the magazine has been at the forefront of many important discussions in the past. Perhaps most significant is their upcoming April issue, which is a single-topic issue on race. Not only will this issue explore a variety of important topics related to race, but in it National Geographic explores its own racist past.

Titled “For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It”, the piece shares the results found by a historian hired by National Geographic to investigate its coverage of people of colour, both in the US and abroad. The magazine’s reasoning behind running this feature is clear; by exposing their own racist past, they hope to be in the position to urge other to do the same.

 
Many Media in Italy Failed to Question Far-Right ahead of Elections PDF Print

Published: 23 March 2018

Country: Italy

By Angelo Boccato

Italy_Elections_Salvini_2018The anti-migration and racist politics of the Italian Right, repeatedly echoed by the media, has paid off in the March elections. After a particularly toxic electoral campaign, far right parties such as Matteo Salvini’s League (Lega) and Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’ Italia) managed to collect more than 20% of the votes.

The campaign was dominated by fearmongering and attacks against migrants, scapegoats of Italy’s economic problems. A social media analysis by Amnesty Italy shows that 95% of hate speech in the run up to the elections came from the centre-right and was used by the three main leaders of the coalition (Silvio Berlusconi, Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni).

 
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