Examples of MDI's work


Poland’s Turn to the Far-Right: Where are the Media? PDF Print

Published: 6 February 2018

Country: Poland

By Angelo Boccato

Poland_Nationalists_MarchThe Polish ultra-right protestors made global headlines last November when they marched through Warshaw calling for “White Europe”, “Pure Poland” and “Refugess, get out!”. Not long afterwards, the rulling Law and Justice party proposed a controversal Holocaust law that forbids “Polish death camps” or suggesting “publicly and against the facts” that the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi Germany’s crimes.

With 60,000 people chanting antisemitic, Islamophobic, anti-gay and anti-migrant slogans, Poland is one of the European countries turning towards right-wing populism and normalising discriminatory discourse in the public sphere. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is exploring the role of the media ahead of the panel “Fascism is back. Is journalism part of the problem or of a solution?” at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia on 13 April 2018.

 
Get The Trolls Out! Workshop for Media Monitors PDF Print

Dates: 10 - 12 January 2018

Country: United Kingdom, London

By Eline Jeanne

GTTO_Workshop_1The media monitors within the Get the Trolls Out! (GTTO) project officially began to work observing the media landscape in several European countries. Their goal is the same as GTTO’s – to spot and counter any discrimination, religious hate speech and incidents against Muslims, Jewish and Christian communities in Europe.

Gathering participants from 6 European countries, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) hosted a workshop for the GTTO media monitors on 10 – 12 January in London. The lead trainer Dr Verica Rupar from the Auckland University of Technology says that running a workshop ahead of the monitoring is crucial for the success of the project mainly because “it is a chance to do pilot monitoring getting consistency of coding”.

 
The Role of the Media in the Rise of Austrian Far-Right PDF Print

Published: 11 January 2018

Country: Austria

Austria_Elections_2017Asel is the first baby to be born in 2018 in the Austrian capital Vienna. Instead of good wishes, Asel and her Muslim parents were subjects to hundreds of Islamophobic comments online. Hate speech appearing in comment sections of some media and in social media posts was so extreme that the Austrian president had to intervene reminding those who left racist messages that “all men are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.

The New Year’s Day outpour of hatred was a reminder that Austria has turned right becoming, as the Guardian described it, “the only western European country with a far-right presence in government.” Many would claim that the Austrian media, mostly tabloids, played an important role in the country’s move to the right. Also, Austrian populists and their supporters take to social media in order to communicate ideology online. For instance, Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of far-right party FPÖ, is followed by almost 750,000 people on Facebook equivalent to 15% of Austrians who voted in the last elections.

 
Is the Media Response to Sexual Assaults Colour-Blind? PDF Print

Published: 22 December 2017

Country: United States

by Angelo Boccato

Burke_Me_TooThe “Me Too” movement has led to a change in the media approach towards sexual harassment allegations against men in position of power, but it has also exposed the lack, or a different standard of representation of black women who have denounced sexual harassment.

While the #MeToo hashtag was launched on Twitter in October 2017 by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the actual movement was founded back in 2006 by a black activist Tarana Burke. Although Burke was included in the story Person of the Year: “The Silence Breakers” by the TIME, she was omitted from the magazine’s cover.

 
MDI Contributes to the Journal for Applied Journalism PDF Print

Published: 23 November 2017

Region: Worldwide

Screen_Shot_2017-11-23_at_07.44.24“I’ve never interviewed ordinary people. We use them only in vox pops.” This is what an experienced Moroccan radio journalist declared during a Media Diversity Institute training programme a few years ago. The statement which reflects the unfortunate tendency in many countries MDI have worked in -  journalists speaking mainly to government officials and report mostly official news - is a title of an article in the October issue of the Journal for Applied Journalism and Media Studies (AJMS), entirely devoted to the issue of inclusive journalism.

 
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