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Silence Hate: Final Conference PDF Print

Event: 18 November 2019

Country: Brussels, Belgium

Screen_Shot_2019-12-09_at_10.41.00_AMThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and its partners marked the end of the project Silence Hate by gathering at the final conference in Brussels on 18 November 2019.

After two years with five national workshops in schools, 30 young journalists and civil society activists have been trained and produced 14 journalistic pieces which are available online. The final event concluded that partners and participants should continue raising awareness about the issues surrounding online hate speech against migrants and refugees in a more systematic way.

During the panel moderated by MDI’s Dasha Ilic, one of the journalists involved in the project, Sotiris Sideris sharply pointed out the problem:

“Too often journalists talk about refugees, but they don’t listen to them and don’t give them a voice,” he said. Sideris and his Greek colleague Aristea Protonotariou were both trained at the beginning of the project at the Media Camp in London, and went on to produce a series of podcasts titled, “A voice to the voiceless” focusing on stories that are unseen, underreported or undocumented by the mainstream media.

One of the panelists at the conference in Brussels was the Al Jazeera European correspondent, Laurence Lee, who emphasised journalists’ responsibility when reporting politicians’ discourses. He said that hate speech was used for profit-making like a viable business model.

“Editors consider the stories interesting only if there are some elements of threats and jeopardies in it,” he said. However, Milan Zubíček from Google denied the fact that hate sells and can be used as a business model. Initiatives like Stop Funding Hate were showcased as successful practices encouraging advertisers to stop funding newspapers that produce hateful content targeting migrants and refugees.


On the wider scale, MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic called for greater stakeholder involvement in fighting hate against refugees and migrants. Tommaso Chiamparino, the European Commission’s coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred, confirmed the institution’s commitment to fighting hate speech. Chiamparino made an open call for collaboration with journalists to continue raising awareness of the impact of hate speech on media freedom and communities.

At the final conference, and throughout the project, many shared good practices with how to deal with hate speech, particularly from an educational point of view. At one point, MDI organised two master-classes at City University in London for journalism students, as well as a panel featuring journalists and media experts. MDI has also produced a module for journalism students, civil society activists and those who want to combat hate speech against migrants and refugees.

The Silence Hate project was led by COSPE and alongside with MDI, other partners were Amnesty International Italy, Amnesty International Poland, KARPOS, Zaffiria, IKME. Check out the resources here.

#SilenceHate Project against Online Hate Towards Migrants and Refugees PDF Print

Region/Countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom

Timeframe/dates: January 2018 - December 2019

Funder: European Commission

Lead Partner: COSPE

Partners: Media Diversity Institute, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ),Amnesty Italy, Amnesty Poland, Karpos, Zaffiria, Cyprus Community Media Centre

COSPE_Logo_Silence_HateThe general objective of the project is to combat and prevent online hate speech against migrants and refugees by developing new and creative counter-narratives. The most effective way to tackle hatred is through education and debate.

Schools and media have a vital role to play in challenging hostility and prejudice, encouraging social solidarity and helping to promote understanding and empathy with others. Instead of focusing only on the possible negative consequences of the use of the internet, the idea is to explore the opportunities offered by modern technologies and innovative media productions for intercultural dialogue.

#YouthAgainstHate: Empowering Youth to Combat Hate Speech in Local Communities PDF Print

Region/Country: Serbia

Timeframe/dates: December 2017 – March 2018

Founder: OSCE Mission to Serbia

YouthagainstHate_1The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans implements the new #YouthAgainstHate project, which aims to increase resilience of young people in local Belgrade communities by equipping them with tools and opportunities to identify, expose and combat hate speech, including hate speech online.

The project objectives are to empower young people to actively contribute to community resilience by assuming a constructive role in countering hateful narratives and social marginalisation. The main premise in the project design is the proven link between hate speech, discrimination and marginalisation; all indicated as push factors toward radicalisation and violent extremism.


Stop the Hate: Countering Hate Speech in Serbia PDF Print

Country: Serbia

Timeframe: May- September 2017

Lead Partner: European Youth Foundation

Founder: European Youth Foundation

Stopping_Hate_2The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans and the Serbian Youth Umbrella Organisation (KOMS) are starting the Stop the Hate project, which aims to enable young people to recognise, understand and combat online hate speech by developing meaningful and nonviolent counter-narratives.

The project intends to diminish effects of hate speech spread online by building capacities of young people to become peer educators and to further disseminate the knowledge. It also aims to combat hate speech by enhancing counter narratives. The project is a response to one of the major challenges in online communication such as growing intolerance and hate speech targeting vulnerable, minority groups based on differences related to ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.  By creating counter narratives to identity-based hate speech, Stop the Hate project also contributes to culture of tolerance.

Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge PDF Print

Region covered: Eurasia

Timeframe: 2016 –2018

Partners: International Center for Journalists ICFJ (lead partner), Media Diversity Institute, and local partners

Call_for_EuroasiaWith countries in the region neighbouring Russia facing the growing trends of state- and oligarch-controlled media, fake news, and propaganda, Eurasian audiences are being increasingly exposed to biased information. At the same time, they also face many common challenges, from financial woes to global health issues and the threat of radicalized groups, which require quality objective coverage. The millions of people affected by these challenges need to understand them in order to make better decisions, strive for better lives, and call for change. New and more creative ways of informing people and broadening the audience for entertaining but informative, high-quality content must be found.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) with selected partners and experts from the region will help talented local individuals, media, civil society representatives and others, to develop new ways to inform and engage audiences with entertaining, locally-relevant, high-quality content.


Media Against Hate PDF Print

Region: Europe

Timeframe/dates: 2016 – 2018

Funder: European Commission (Directorate-General Justice)

Lead Partner: European Federation of Journalists

MAH_Logo_SmallPartners/affiliates: MDI, Article 19, Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), Community media Institute (COMMIT), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) and Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE)

The media and journalists play a crucial role in influencing both policy-making and societal opinion on migration and refugees. As hate speech and stereotypes targeting migrants and refugees proliferate across Europe, balanced and fair media reporting is needed more than ever. Despite some good journalism practices and courageous journalists speaking out against hate, additional training and resources for media professionals and media organisations are needed in order for them to uphold ethical standards when reporting sensitive subjects.


"Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance”: Creating Macedonian Media and Information Literacy Coalition (MAMIL) PDF Print

Country: Macedonia

Timeframe/dates: 2016 – 2018

Funder: European Union

Partners/affiliates: The School of Journalism and Public Relations (SJPR, lead partner), Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Nova Makedonija daily

Macedonia_High_School_MediaThe project aims at strengthening the participative democracy through enabling an environment for free, independent and plural media in Macedonia in which media literate citizens will actively participate.

The goal of the project “Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance” is to raise awareness about the importance of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) for all citizens as a prerequisite for participative democracy and a plural society. The action is to connect media, civil society organizations and citizens in a coalition promoting MIL and putting professional journalism into practice through production of media content focused on the citizens’ rights and inclusiveness. The action will empower citizens with MIL skills and knowledge inevitable for understanding the function and the role of media as prerequisite to become actively involved in the public sphere. Within this three-year project (2016-2018), SJPR and its partners will put a special attention to promoting MIL among young people and high school students.


Turkish Students to learn about the EU Values PDF Print

Country: Turkey

Timeframe: December 2014 –December 2016

Funder: European Union

Partners: Eptisa Engineering (Spain; Turkey), Media Diversity Institute, GDSI Ltd (Ireland), Middle East Technical University (Turkey).

Screen_Shot_2015-12-13_at_10.23.41The Project “Students are learning about the EU: Common Values, Fundamental Rights and Policies Technical Assistance” has been initiated under responsibility of the General Directorate of European Union and Foreign Relation. Its beneficiary is Ministry of National Education and is co-financed by the Republic of Turkey and the European Union within scope of IPA-I Programme.

The overall objective of the project is to raise awareness and knowledge on values, fundamental rights and policies of the EU. Project especially aims to increase awareness of lower secondary and secondary school students about the EU through effective educational measures.

“Towards more Transparent High Education in Serbia” PDF Print

Country: Serbia

Timeframe: July-December 2015

Funder: European Union (through Center for Democracy Foundation)

MDI_WB_New_Project_SigningThis project aims to research and analyse corruption at the University of Belgrade and to inform the public about the consequences of the phenomenon such as employment based on political parties’ membership and nepotism.

The project team will interview lecturers and professors at the University of Belgrade in order to collect the information on how they perceive corruption in the process of employment. After data are analysed and presented, MDI Western Balkans in partnership with the Youth Education Committee will organise a media campaign making the results visible for general public in Serbia. MDI wants to introduce more in-depth reporting and media literacy on systematic problems such as corruption.


Get the trolls out! A Programme to Engage European Youth to Combat Antisemitism PDF Print

Region/Country: Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, UK

Timeframe/dates: 2015 – 2016

Partners: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe (CEJI), Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l'antisémitisme (Licra), Symbiosis, The Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ), and with the support of the Council of Europe.

logo_final_Get_the_trolls_outThis 14-month project strives to engage Europeans – especially young people – in activities that monitor antisemitic speech and incidents in Europe and counter these incidents and attitudes with fact-based messages and actions of inclusion that embrace Europe’s diversity.

The aims of this project are to raise awareness of and counter antisemitic incidents, speech and politics; promote accurate, balanced and inclusive messages about Jews that counter misinformation spread by extremist discourse; involve young people in the social media sphere in being aware of antisemitism, in discussing and promoting a culture of respect, and to test out arguments against anti-Semitic stereotypes.

Identifying the Role of Media in Conflicts PDF Print

INFOCORERegions: Middle East, West Balkans, African Great Lakes area

Timeframe: 2014 - 2016

Funder: European Union

Partners: Multiple

INFOCORE (Informing Conflict Prevention, Response and Resolution) is international collaborative research, which aims to analyse the role of media in violent conflict. The project will investigate the role that the media plays in the emergence or prevention, the escalation or de-escalation, and the management and reconciliation of conflicts in three main regions: the Middle East, the West Balkans and the African Great Lakes area.

The objective of the project is to come up with a set of recommendations which will help to formulate and implement the policies of the EU and its international partners, with regards to this topic.

Our Elections, Our Europe! – Engaging young people around the European elections to counter xenophobic speech, promote diverse viewpoints, and encourage inclusive attitudes PDF Print

OEO_Europe_Logo_03Region/country: Greece, Hungary, Italy

Timeframe/dates: February 2014 - May 2014

Funder: Open Society Foundations

Partners: Symβiosis, Center for Independent Journalism, CivilMédia, Il Razzismo è una brutta storia

Our Elections, Our Europe! aims to engage young people around an issue crucial to the 2014 European Elections - migration, and the importance of fighting xenophobic speech and promoting inclusive attitudes around this.  The project responds to the concerning rise in xenophobic attitudes and statements by politicians in these three countries, and addresses the danger that such attitudes are having growing traction among young people, in the context of unemployment, lack of opportunities and disillusion with traditional politics.

Russia: Fighting Discrimination through Tolerant and Inclusive Reporting PDF Print

ruj logoRegion/country: Russia

Timeframe / dates: 2013-2014

Partners: The Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ)

The purpose of this project is to contribute to a greater freedom of expression representing all viewpoints in Russian society, and to promote equality and to fight discrimination by equipping journalists with the skills to report ethically, responsibly and inclusively on ethnic and national diversity in their regions.

The address of Human Rights: Journalism to combat racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe PDF Print

racismRegion/country: Europe

Timeframe/dates: 2013-2015

Funder: European Commission

Partners: The National Institute for Social Integration, Arci Catania, TDM International, International Initiatives for Cooperation, Foundation Centre for Economic Development and International Development Alliance.

This project aims to reduce racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism by changing the way media portray socially vulnerable groups in Europe. It seeks to foster mutual understanding, counter traditional and new stereotypes, which are at the roots of intolerant attitudes and behaviour, and prevent the divulgation of such conceptions.

Civil Society & the Media Working Together to Fight Ethnic & Religious Discrimination in the EU PDF Print

anti-naziRegion/countries: UK, France, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia

Timeframe/dates: 2012-2014

Funder: Open Society Foundations

This project will encourage and facilitate dialogue between media organisations, civil society organisations (CSOs) and policymakers, on the media’s role in relation to discrimination and intolerance, in three old and three new EU member states (the UK, France, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia). The project will achieve this through dialogue, exchange of know-how and networking during which process the project beneficiaries will identify emerging issues and opportunities, and exchange their European experience and knowledge on the best ways to tackle discrimination and intolerance.

Media for Diversity in New EU Countries PDF Print

Conference LogoRegion/countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia

Timeframe/dates: 2010

Funders: European Commission, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Council of Europe, and the Romanian Government.

Partners: Centre for Independent Journalism, Bucharest

This project brought together over 40 decision makers from media and civil society organizations in new EU countries at a 3 day conference in Romania, to discuss responsible media coverage of diversity and develop partnerships and action plans for further work in this area.

Ethical Journalism Initiative – A Campaign to Fight Discrimination through Freedom of Expression and the Highest Professional Standards of Journalism PDF Print

EJI LogoRegion/country: European Union

Timeframe/dates: 2010 - 2012

Funder: European Commission

Partners: European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Article 19, Lithuanian Journalists’ Union (LZS), Journalists’ Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (ESIEMTH), and Slovak Syndicate of Journalists (SSN).

The ‘Ethical Journalism Initiative’ is a 2-year project, run in partnership with the European Federation of Journalists, Article 19, Media Diversity Institute and three European journalists’ associations. Through a series of studies, and conferences involving all stakeholders, as well as training for journalists, NGOs and lawyers, the campaign aims to promote responsible media coverage of diversity in Europe, primarily through strengthening journalism standards, and developing understanding of the relationship between equality and freedom of expression.

For more information visit the project website

“Let the Roma Youth Be Heard” PDF Print

Region/countries: Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Kosovo* and United Kingdom.

Timeframe/dates: 2012-2013

Partner: Gruppi di solidarietà internazionale Italia (GSI Italia)

Funder: Open Society Foundation - Media Program, European Union - Life Long Learning Program

roma_youthThe project “Let the Roma Youth Be Heard” promoted the integration of young Roma people in the regions and countries which took part in the project (Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Kosovo* and the United Kingdom).

During the project, young Roma people were trained in basic journalism skills, writing editorials, and setting up and managing communication tools available on the web, in order to publish an on-line publication called “Let the Roma Youth Be Heard”.

‘Twinning Committees as Integration Promoters’ PDF Print

Region/countries: Italy, Greece, Estonia, France, Poland and the United Kingdom

twinningTimeframe/dates: 2012-2013

Partner: Gruppi di solidarietà internazionale Italia (GSI Italia)

Funder: European Union - ‘Europe for Citizens Programme’

The overall objective of this project is to promote the active role of citizens in the creation of twinning relationships between towns and cities as a source of European integration and active citizen action.

The project will focus on the establishment of 5 committees of citizens, who will be responsible for the promotion of twinning among European settlements in order to strengthen relations and encourage active citizenship. The project involves 6 European countries: Italy, Greece, France, United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland.

European integration, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue can be achieved through twinning. It is probably the most visible form of European cooperation, with thousands of settlements proudly declaring, as one enters their area, which other communities they are twinned with.

Study on Media and Diversity PDF Print

Media4Diversity ImageRegion/country: European Union and EFTA countries

Timeframe/dates: 2007-09

Funder: European Commission

Partners: The project is being conducted by a consortium comprised of the IFJ, Internews Europe, and the Media Diversity Institute

Project Description

The objective of this pan-European Study is to assist in the process of promoting diversity and fighting discrimination in the media across the 27 EU Member States & 3 EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The first stage involves researching best practice by identifying the most significant and/or innovative initiatives by or about the media that combat discrimination and/or promote diversity.

Seeing the Roma without prejudice PDF Print

Region/country: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia & Montenegro

Timeframe/dates: 2004/2006

Funder: The Department for International Development (UK)

Partners: Albanian Media Institute (Tirana), Association of Independent Electronic Media ANEM (Belgrade), Beta News Agency (Belgrade), Dan Daily Newspaper (Podgorica), Durmish Aslano (Kosovo), Macedonian Institute for Media (Skopje), Media Centar (Sarajevo), Media Center (Nis), Media Plan Institute (Sarajevo), Philia (Podgorica), Vijesti Daily Newspaper (Podgorica)

Project Description

A large, two-year media diversity project that aims to help Roma communities overcome discrimination, marginalisation and the violations of their rights through a process of media education and empowerment, and increasing the amount of fair representation of Roma voices in the media. The programme targeted Roma journalists working in both specialist Roma media and in the mainstream media; non-Roma journalists and media outlets; Roma NGOs and community leaders.

The project activities included:

  • a translation into Albanian and Macedonian languages of MDI’s Roma Media Relations handbook;
  • Roma Media Communications Skills Workshops;
  • on-site broadcast Media consultant;
  • team reporting projects and news agency diversity reporting programme
Intercultural Cities Programme PDF Print

Region/country: Europe

Timeframe/dates: 2007 - 2012

Funder: Council of Europe

Partners: Council of Europe

MDI provides consultancy/expertise on media and diversity issues for participants of the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Programme, which includes 12 cities from all around Europe. MDI’s role includes the provision of training for journalists who want to enhance their professional standards in reporting on diversity, and training for Civil Society Organisations in media communication/advocacy.

Anti-Discrimination Campaign PDF Print

Region/country: Europe

Timeframe/dates: 2008 - 2012

Funder: Council of Europe

Partners: Council of Europe

MDI provides consultancy/expertise related to more professional reporting on discrimination. This includes contribution to the Campaigns’s Diversity Manual and production of a Diversity Glossary as a stand alone CoE publication in several languages, available for all media organisations and Civil Society Organisations interested and/or specialized in the field of anti-discrimination.

The Reporting Diversity Network: a media program to promote interethnic dialogue, conflict prevention, and reconciliation in South-East Europe PDF Print

Region/country: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania

Timeframe/dates: 2001/2003

Funder: The European Community, The European Cultural Foundation, The Freedom Forum, The Guardian Foundation, IREX - the Open Society Institute, The U.S. Department of State, The Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Partners: Albanian Media Institute (Tirana), Association of Independent Electronic Media (Belgrade); Beta News Agency (Belgrade); Centre for Multicultural Understanding and Cooperation (Skopje); Center for Democracy and Human Rights (Podgorica); Center for Independent Journalism (Bucharest); Center for Independent Journalism (Budapest); Center for War, Peace and the News Media (New York); Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia (Belgrade); International Centre for Education of Journalists (Zagreb); International Federation of Journalists (Brussels); Macedonian Institute for Media (Skopje); Media Development Centre (Sofia); Media Plan Institute (Sarajevo); Media Centar (Sarajevo); Roma Press Centre (Budapest); STINA News Agency (Split); Vijesti Daily (Podgorica).

Project Description

A large-scale, two-year media diversity project targeting journalists, media decision-makers, journalism academics, and minorities NGOs. Activities ranged from producing manuals and conducting workshops, to news agency training schemes and university journalism curriculum development. The project was intended to combat xenophobia, promote improved inter-ethnic relations and conflict resolution, and help secure minority rights by changing the way media in that region covers and reports on such issues.

It pursued a comprehensive strategy comprising six programmatic elements addressing inter-related media objectives, ranging from training journalists - and the professors who teach them, and the editors who manage them - to assisting minority groups get their voices heard. The project placed particular emphasis on influencing the media "decision-makers" and on practical concrete reporting projects.

Reporting diversity in Macedonia PDF Print

Region/country: Macedonia

Timeframe/dates: 2001

Funder: IREX

Partners: Macedonian Institute for Media (Skopje)

Project Description

Conducted during the tense spring and summer of 2001, this project aimed to bring together journalists from different ethnic groups, and to train them in coverage of diversity-related issues. The cross-ethnic team worked together on a series of articles.

The trainer and the journalists would use as their core training material an MDI reporting diversity manual in both Albanian and Macedonian languages. (MDI already had a Macedonian version - an Albanian translation was produced under this grant). The objective of the course was to enable journalists coming from different ethnic backgrounds to understand that there is always a common ground, a basic human interest which put people together regardless of their nationality, religion or ethnicity.

Over 10 days a team of 10 journalists produced a series of articles, six of which were published in the journalists' newspapers. Considering the circumstances at that time - the tense spring and summer of 2001 - MDI considers this a significant success. (At one point the funder was discussing with us a possible cancellation of the event altogether because of the increase in inter-ethnic conflict, but together we went ahead after taking local advice).

Reporting diversity training and development for news agencies in South-East Europe PDF Print

Region/country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

Timeframe/dates: 2000/2001

Funder: Westminster Foundation for Democracy, The U.S. Department of State

Partners: Media Centar (Sarajevo), Center for War, Peace and the News Media (New York)

Project Description

An educational course designed to assist news agencies - as influential media players distributing material to many outlets - to gain a better understanding of, and sensitivity towards, diversity-related issues.

The objective of this modest educational project was to work with the news agencies which, since they have more consumers then a single news medium, have more influence and reach. Several news agencies sent their journalists to this 4-day course: Stina (Croatia), Safax and BH Press (Bosnia), Beta, Fonet and Tajug (Serbia), Kosovalive (Kosovo), Srna (Republika Srpska), and Montena Fax (Montenegro). All of them had been providing local and regional media with news and information, developing at the same time a modest news exchange service with other news agencies from the Balkans and region-wide.
The Beta News agency established a Reporting Diversity News Exchange service providing (along with the assistance of other partners in the MDI-initiated Reporting Diversity Network) high quality articles on ethnic minorities and their human rights as well as on the other diversity-related issues (gender, children, disabled people, homosexuals, etc).

Seeing the Roma without prejudice PDF Print

Region/country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia

Timeframe/dates: 1999-2001

Funder: European Cultural Foundation and Open Society Institute - Budapest

Partners: Center for Independent Journalism (Budapest)

Project Description

Increasing the capabilities of minority Roma communities to interact effectively with majority media in order to introduce their perspectives and proposals into mainstream reporting and help counter discriminatory reporting on their communities.

The project aimed to improve the coverage of the Roma population - which was plagued by prejudice - by the mainstream media. Tendencies towards segregation of Roma are strong, and prejudice deep-rooted. Most Roma have little or no influence over information that has great potential impact on them. Objectives were to enable minority Roma communities (through their formal and informal leaders and NGOs) to increase their capabilities to interact effectively with majority media in order to introduce their perspectives and proposals into mainstream reporting and help counter discriminatory reporting on their communities.

MDI held, in Budapest, two regional media relations workshops for Roma Community Leaders from South East and Central Europe. MDI produced a 'Media Relations Training and Resource Guide for Roma Community Organizations', including specific tools, techniques, and materials to further increase Roma access to the media.

Reporting diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina PDF Print

Region/country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Timeframe/dates: 1999

Funder: The Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Partners: Media Centar (Sarajevo), Media Plan Institute (Sarajevo)

Project Description

Supporting the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina to facilitate post-war trauma recovery, as well as promoting reconstruction and the reconciliation across the ethnically divided country. Through cross-ethnic and cross-entity initiatives, MDI built constructive and influential relationships between journalists and news organisations. A “Reporting Diversity Resource Manual” was designed specifically for journalists from Bosnia Herzegoniva. A reporting diversity course was introduced into the journalism school jointly run by the Media Centar and the BBC; the “Reporter Weekly” newspaper (in Republika Sprska) introduced a special page devoted to diversity-related issues. The Media Plan Institute launched a “Building Tolerance Through Music” initiative to broadcast popular music from different communities across ethnic lines.

Joint project for journalists in South-Eastern Europe PDF Print

Region/country: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey - (The Royaumont countries)

Timeframe/dates: 1999

Funder: The European Community

Partners: MDI was a partner of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on this
IFJ-led project.

Project Description

Part of the Royaumont process, key aims of this project were to support ethical conduct; promote diversity within media; encourage co-operation and solidarity among journalists; and to raise awareness of the principles of tolerance.

The aims of this project were to produce a reporting diversity page in the project’s regular newsletter the Royaumont News Line; to provide a list of contacts available on the Royaumont Media News Website; to provide online information on diversity issues and to produce a journalism training manual. Furthermore, to co-organise a one day session conference on “Safety of journalists and journalism in conflict” in Ohrid, in June 1999 as well as producing News exchange Pilot Programme.

The media solidarity programme: reporting diversity network project in support of independent journalism PDF Print

Region/country: Albania, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (including Kosovo) and Macedonia

Timeframe/dates: 1999

Funder: The European community

Partners: MDI was a partner of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on this
IFJ-led project

Project Description

A project to support understanding, tolerance and respect among different nationalities and minorities. It aimed to support independent and reliable journalism in the target countries by providing emergency assistance to journalists and media organisations, as well as supporting conflict resolution and co-operation between media centres in the region.

The project consisted of the following parts:

  1. Creation of media solidarity centres within existing media organisations in Albania, Macedonia and Serbia;
  2. Emergency assistance for Kosovar journalists returning home from Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro;
  3. Relaunch of the Kosova Alliance of Journalists (KAJ);
  4. Monitoring structures for accreditation and distribution of assistance to Kosovo-Albanian journalists through the KAJ, the local journalists' associations and the media solidarity centres;
  5. Crisis reporting and cross-border initiatives with journalists in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro;
  6. Special feature reporting projects undertaken by teams of reporters including local and Kosovar journalists, emphasizing in-depth reports on the impact of the refugees on national politics, inter-ethnic relations, and the economy.

The Media Diversity Institute, as the IFJ's partner for this project, undertook the last two sub-projects: crisis reporting and special feature team reporting projects.

Reporting diversity project in Latvia and Romania PDF Print

Region/country: Latvia and Romania

Timeframe/dates: 1998

Funder: The Freedom Forum

Partners: The International Federation of Journalists

Project Description

Media in both Latvia and Romania were assisted to help diminish tensions within their ethnically divided countries by strengthening the capabilities of these news organizations to distribute more in-depth, balanced, and pluralistic reports. Those objectives were to enable media to promote greater popular understanding of human rights, to support greater understanding among all ethnic groups of the social, political, and economic concerns within each community. Through cross-ethnic initiatives, MDI aimed to build constructive and influential relationships between journalists and news organisations.

The project activities included the production of a Reporting Diversity Resource Manual” in both Latvian and Romanian languages; two “Train the trainer” workshops to develop specialised teaching modules for using the reporting diversity manuals. Based on this work, Florin Pescinu, director of the center for Independent Journalism (Bucharest) launched a series of seminars and round- table discussions on diversity related issues. In Latvia, Inta Brikse Head of Journalism Department at Riga University, created and introduced a “Reporting Diversity Curriculum”, which was used as a model for other journalism schools in the region,and inspired a later MDI focus on reporting diversity curriculum development for university journalism professor.

Reporting Diversity Network Foundation Project PDF Print

Region/country: Macedonia and the United Kingdom

Timeframe/dates: 1998

Funder: The Freedom Forum

Partners: Centre for Multicultural Understanding and Cooperation (Skopje)

Project Description

This project is the introduction of a reporting diversity programme to Macedonia, plus the convening of a “Reporting Diversity Conference” held in London in November 1998 that led to the emergence of the Reporting Diversity Network that now forms the foundation of the Media Diversity Institute’s work. The objectives of this project are to produce a “Reporting Diversity Resource Manual” in Macedonian language and the production of a “Trainers Guide to Reporting Diversity”. The guide provided a valuable hands-on tool for organising reporting diversity workshops and seminars, and proved useful in schooling the media in how to cover inter-ethnic relations in more sensible and more professional way. Aside from the resource manual, it included the creation of a special reporting diversity supplement that focused on diversity-related issues, to be published simultaneously in Dnevnik, Denas Weekly, Fokus Weekly (in Macedonian language) and Fakti and Flaka (in Albanian language)