Four years after Hanau: The role of the media – Media


Nils Minkmar and Nadia Zaboura

February 19th marked the fourth anniversary of the racist terrorist attack in Hanau. Nine young people with an immigrant background were murdered by a right-wing extremist perpetrator before he killed his mother and himself.

Shortly after the attack, there were discussions about the approach and role of the media: Was racism and terrorism spoken about quickly and clearly enough? Was there too much focus on the perpetrator? And why did the relatives of the victims in particular have to push for clarification?

A central question is also whether decades of problematizing and negative reporting on people with an immigration background have paved the way for racism – and thus also for acts of terrorism like the one in Hanau.

What has changed in the media, four years after the attack in Hanau? Communication scientist Nadia Zaboura and SZ journalist Nils Minkmar talk about this with Cihan Sinanoğlu, head of the “National Discrimination and Racism Monitor” at the German Center for Integration and Migration Research.

In “quoted. the media podcast” – a format from Civis Medienstiftung and South German newspaperfunded by the Mercator Foundation.

Related Links:

ZDF documentary “Lone Perpetrator: Hanau” by Julian Vogel.

Interview with Çetin Gültekin in the Rhenish Post.

Appearance of attack survivor Said Etris Hashemi at Markus Lanz.

National Discrimination and Racism Monitor website.

“The Hanau Protocols” by Özlem Gezer and Timofey Neshitov in Mirror.

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