ROME - After a far-right supporter shot six African migrants in Italy, a headline on the Slovak news website Hlavne Spravy explained the tragedy as a retaliation for a murder of an Italian woman by a Nigerian man.

Hlavne Spravy is one of the media outlets which claim to provide an alternative to “the biased” “pro-American” mainstream media information. Often labelled as pro-Russian, they are generally small and run by only a couple of people. However, their reach is significant thanks to the social media and a loyal community that actively shares their stories.

In Central Europe, these media outlets dominate the debate on the refugee crisis and set the tone that is disproportionately negative.

An international team of journalists investigates how big is the influence of the anti-system media in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary and what motivates the people who run them.

Team members

Mira Galanova

Mira Galanova is a Slovak investigative journalist specialising in human rights and citizen security in Europe and Latin America.

Helene Bienvenu

Helene Bienvenu is a Hungarian multilingual (photo)journalist.

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