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MDI Launches the Guide on How to Counter Hate Speech on Twitter

The Media Diversity Institute published the guide on how to counter hate speech on Twitter. In a collaboration with Twitter and within its project Get the Trolls Out, MDI launched the guide in 4 languages. On 22 July, the European Day of Victims of Hate Crime, and under #askGTTO, we organised Q&A session discussing how to respond to hate speech online.

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Nice, Paris, Istanbul, Orlando: Toxification by the Media

French TV channel, France 2, apologised for broadcasting “shocking images and testimonies” during its special programme on attack in Nice. Media sensationalism and journalists’ chase for information additionally sped up with unchecked facts coming sometimes from unreliable online sources, may lead to toxification of the public sphere.

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Sexism in the Media Coverage of Theresa May

Some British media could not avoid falling into stereotyping and gender insensitive reporting when Theresa May took over the job of the UK Prime Minister. The fact that her rival in the race for 10 Downing Street was another woman, Andrea Leadsom, propelled articles on shoes, cooking and motherhood.

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MDI Seeking Development Manager

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Development Manager with demonstrated experience in fundraising and grant management with European and North American donors, private and governmental. Excellent written and spoken English (native-level standard) required. Application deadline is 31 July 2016.

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MDI at UNESCO European MIL Forum

„Journalists are outnumbered by PR people which illustrates the need for citizens to make distinction between propaganda, spin and genuine information,“ said Ivana Jelaca of MDI Western Balkans at the Second UNESCO European Media and Information Literacy Forum in Riga. The European Forum produced Riga Recommendations on MIL in a Shifting Media and Information Landscape.

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After Brexit, Media to Say No to Racism and Xenophobia

Judging by the titles in tabloids and repeated messages by some Vote Leave representatives, the EU referendum was a very anti-migrant campaign that was not exposed and condemned. Now the media in the UK that consider themselves professional and ethical, have to say no to racism and xenophobia.

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MDI Brings Leading Chinese Professors to the UK

Two leading professors from the prominent Sun Yat-Sen University in China visited several British universities that have modules on gender and the media. Dr Haiyan Wang and Dr Zhijin Zhong introduced their ideas of developing new courses on diversity and media. Dr Zhong praised "MDI for doing important and valuable work in promoting equality of people with diverse background".

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Dune Voices Success at the Anna Lindh Award Ceremony

Maimouna Saleck won the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award, for her story on traditional religious schools ‘mahadhras’in Mauritania, published on the Dune Voices website. Dune Voices is about raising awareness of issues from the heart of the Sahara, often forgotten and ignored.

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Cardiff University Report on EU Media Coverage of Migration

Differences in the way media reported on migrants and refugee crisis in the EU are significant. According to the report commissioned by UNHCR and conducted by Cardiff University, differences occur in source access, terminology ('migrant', 'refugee' and ‘illegal’), news angles, as well as the explanations and proposed solutions to the crisis.

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Media in Sri Lanka: from Division to Inclusion?

MDI team visited Sri Lanka where two different ethnic and religious narratives still exist and women are nowhere to be seen in the newsrooms. The island remains heavily divided and except from the English language media, no other newsrooms have Sinhalese and Tamil journalists working together.

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Story of MDI in 8 Minute Film

Watch the video that pays tribute to MDI's work and its 15 years of promoting diversity in the media. The short film made by the independent film maker Rani Khanna, features MDI trainers, trainees, students and staff who contributed to the promotion of a more inclusive media with projects all around the globe.

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