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Charity Name: Media Diversity

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Reporting Ethnicity & Religion Study

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Tobacco Girls’ article wins award

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Middle East & North Africa
"My Vote Matters Too" PDF Print

Region/Country: Morocco and Mauritania

Timeframe/dates: 2015 – 2016

Funder: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Partners: Association Epanouissement  Feminin (AEF) and ISIC Alumni (Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de la Communication) in Morocco, multiple partners in Mauritania

Morocco_WomenThe main objective of this project is to increase political participation and representation of women and other marginalised groups in the media, as well as to contribute to greater social cohesion by strengthening freedom of expression through the encouragement of greater inclusion and participation of marginalised groups such as different races, ethnic groups, women and youth in public life and the media.

This project will enable a debate on media and diversity among key stakeholders and influential decision-makers, cementing inclusive journalism in the media through training, commissioning stories and mentoring journalists through the production process, and though building civil society’s ability to carry out media advocacy campaigns.

 
Responsible and Free Reporting on Security Issues in Tunisia PDF Print

Photo_WebsiteCountry: Tunisia

Timeframe: April 2014 - March 2015

Funder: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Partners: Multiple local partners

This project aims to identify and develop initiatives that will foster responsible and free reporting on security, conflict and extremism in Tunisia. An analysis of media practice in Tunisia on these issues will be used as a starting point for a series of discussions between media figures and those in the political, state and security sectors, as well as international and local experts, in order to build dialogue and trust between the different parties with a view to developing commitment to concrete actions by all actors that will balance the needs of freedom of expression, impartiality and sensitivity in reporting on security issues in the country.

 
Promoting Freedom of Expression, Diversity and Inclusion in Morocco PDF Print

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Region/country: Morocco

Timeframe/dates: 2013-2016

Funder: Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation

This project will run for three years, during which time MDI and our local partners will cement the practices of inclusion and of reflecting diversity within the media in Morocco.

Through this programme we will enable debate among key stakeholders and influential decision-makers on media and diversity, cement inclusive journalism in the media sector through training, policy work and commissioning, and build civil society organisations’ ability to carry out media advocacy campaigns.

 
Towards an Inclusive and Responsible Media in Lebanon PDF Print

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Timeframe/dates: 2013-2014

Funder: European Union

Partners: Maharat Foundation, Media faculty in Lebanese University, with Jinane University in Tripoli, USEK in Kaslik, AUST in Achrafieh, Beirut Arab University in Beirut, Antonine University in Baabda and LIU in Bekaa and Saida.

The objective of this project is to encourage responsible media coverage of diversity, reduce tensions and promote peace building through the reaching of an inclusive and responsible media in Lebanon. This project introduces a new model of inclusive reporting to journalism students, mainstream media, and the public.

 
Inclusive Parliament: Building citizen participation in the political process in Egypt through better media, parliamentary and civil society interaction PDF Print

egyptian parliamentRegion/country: Egypt

Timeframe/dates: 2012-2015

Funder: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Partners: multiple; including media and civil society organizations.

The objective of this project is to assist with Egypt’s transition to democracy by helping to build an accountable relationship between citizens and their elected representatives, through strengthening the ability of the media to be a balanced facilitator of the relationship between civil society and politicians.

 
Rebuilding Post-revolution Egyptian Media: Embracing Free Expression, Diversity and Inclusiveness PDF Print

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Region/country: Egypt

Timeframe/dates: 2011-2013

Funder: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

Partners: Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies

 

The goal of the project is to encourage the emergence of responsible Egyptian media which are based on international standards and principles of free expression, diversity, inclusiveness, transparency and public accountability.

The project will contribute to the rebuilding of post-revolution Egyptian media by supporting a more inclusive approach that ensures diverse regional and rural, as well as urban voices, across the country are heard in national debate on all issues relevant to all citizens. At the same time regional and local media will be equipped to lead or contribute to debates relevant exclusively to some regions or to some communities.

 
Media Evolution: Towards Inclusive, Responsible & Independent Media in Morocco PDF Print

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Region/country: Morocco

Timeframe/dates: 2011-2013

Funder: European Commission

Partners: Moroccan Centre for Studies & Research in Human Rights & the Media

The project’s objective is to encourage a public debate on the future of the Moroccan media. The debate will engage decision makers, media professionals and civil society. In the context of political reforms in Morocco, the aim is for this debate to positively influence media legislation so that it ensures: greater coverage of social diversity in the media; improved freedom of expression and access to information; greater responsibility by the media through self-regulation; and improved respect of media freedom by the government.

The project will provide the media with the tools to improve their professional responsibility and coverage of diversity. And will provide civil society actors with the tools to engage with and influence political debate, and promote human rights and democratic reforms.In order to further democratize the debate, the views of ordinary Moroccan citizens will be gathered and broadcast on national TV and at project events.

 
Reporting Diversity Curricula Development: A Specialized Academic Media Programme To Promote Inter-Community Dialogue & Peaceful Political, Economic and Social Reforms PDF Print

Region/country: Egypt

Timeframe/dates: 2007

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: N/A

Project Description

The aim of this programme was to advance journalism education in Egypt through the development of specialized university courses focusing on the theory and practice of critical, inclusive, and responsible reporting on social diversity. The project consisted of a series of workshops, for academics from several Egyptian universities, providing guidance on how to develop such courses. There are many media projects in the Middle East which target working journalists. The approach of this core MDI activity is to target professors of journalism, and thereby indirectly affecting their students, as well as future journalists before they start their careers and encounter and fall prey to negative practices.

 
Reporting Diversity: a Pilot Media Programme to Promote Inter-Community Dialogue and Social Inclusion in Morocco PDF Print

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Timeframe/dates: 2009-2011

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: Civil Society Organisations

The purpose of this project was to encourage greater social and cultural inclusion in Morocco through improving reporting on the country’s diversity. In order to achieve this, MDI worked with local partners, journalism academics and students, media decision makers and reporters, as well as with Civil Society Organisations. The main activities included: establishing a National Programme Advisory Board to guide the project; organising conferences bringing together leading media decision makers; creating a Young Inclusive Journalists’ Network; running production-oriented courses for journalists; assisting journalism academics to develop Reporting Diversity Curricula; organising media advocacy courses for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) representing marginalised groups; and establishing an Inclusive Reporting Award.

 
Reporting Diversity: a media programme to promote inter-community dialogue and moderate voices as a means to prevent religious radicalisation in Egypt PDF Print

GirlsRegion/country: Egypt

Timeframe/dates: 2008-2011

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: British Council Cairo, The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

This three year media programme promoted inter-community dialogue and moderate voices as a means to prevent religious radicalisation in Egypt. The project advanced journalism education and journalism skills through hands-on production training for practicing journalists and through development and implementation of specialized university curricula related to responsible reporting on social and cultural diversity in general, and religious diversity (cross religious and intra-religious) in particular. The main activities included Reporting Diversity Curricula Development (RDCD) workshops and a mentoring programme for Egyptian journalism academics and production-oriented training courses for Egyptian journalists.

 
International Religious Freedom – a Cornerstone of Democracy PDF Print

violence in CairoRegion/country: Middle East & North Africa and South East Asia

Timeframe/dates: 2009 -2012

Funder: U.S. State Department

Partners: Freedom House, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

The purpose of this project is to promote international religious freedom norms through improving social and cultural understanding in specific professional groups (legal, media, and human rights professionals, and religious and secular leaders) and to develop legal protection in accordance with religious freedom norms. MDI is responsible for implementing the project in partnership with two US organizations, Freedom House and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The project’s goals will be addressed through three sets of activities: (1) education and strategic advice to local counterparts on religious freedom law and principles, and media responsibility for civil society, lawmakers, government officials, lawyers, clergy, and journalists; (2) a Rapid Response Capability to address particularly crises related to religious freedom; and (3) support for indigenous voices to advocate on religious freedom issues.

 
Reporting diversity for Jewish and Arab Israeli journalism students PDF Print

Region/country: Israel

Timeframe/dates: 2006/2007

Funder: The European Cultural Foundation

Partners: Media and Communications Department, Emek Yezreel College (Israel)

Project Description

A continuation of the successful project set up in 2004. This time a new generation of Jewish and Arab undergraduate journalism students from the Emek Yezreel College near Nazareth, have explored their own experience of otherness, coexistence and inclusion, especially in the aftermath of the recent crisis in the Middle East.  The students decided whether to produce a bi-lingual newspaper supplement, as in the pilot or to set up a webzine, or produce a video.

The aim of this project was to raise the media diversity awareness of students at the Media and Communications Department, Emek Yezreel College, and to offer them skills training in reporting diversity techniques. The project will contribute to inter-ethnic understanding within Israel and beyond by:

  • introducing the concept of diversity reporting into journalistic and editorial thinking at the outset of the participants' careers;
  • building relationships between Jewish-Israelis and Arab-Israelis embarking on media careers;
  • publishing a newspaper supplement that:
    • explores and embraces  Israel's cultural diversity;
    • provides a positive example of inter-ethnic cooperation as a model for peaceful problem-solving in the region;
    • overturns assumptions about 'other' groups, replacing stereotypes with real human faces
 
Supporting the development of an independent, pluralistic and diverse media in Iraq PDF Print

Region/country: Iraq

Timeframe/dates: Ongoing from 2007

Funder: UNDP

Partners: Article 19 (leading partner), AmmanNet Radio

Project Description

The envisaged programme aims to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework to protect media freedom and independence in Iraq by engaging stakeholders in a broad-based media law working group to adopt an action plan and reach consensus on two draft laws. The final goal of the project is to ensure a more diverse and gender-sensitive media and media reporting by training journalists to report on diversity and by producing a report on freedom of expression with a particular focus on issues facing women and minority groups. A 30-mins radio magazine on diversity-related issues has been produced. The project includes an intensive three-day workshop and a seven-day production segment. In the second phase, participants carried out hands-on reporting fieldwork, working in pairs under the guidance of their international and local trainers to gain practical experience in reporting on various prominent diversity issues relevant to the current Iraqi context. The produced radio magazine will be distributed widely through national, regional and international radio stations.

In collaboration with local partner organisations, the implementer will monitor incidences of violations against women's and minority groups' rights to freedom of expression. The monitoring and campaigning outputs include a series of press releases and letters to officials in response to threats or violations of freedom of expression. The ongoing monitoring will culminate in a publication of freedom of expression in Iraq in 2007.

 
Creating an enabling environment for a free and diverse media: Professional Skills Training for women journalists in Iraq PDF Print

Region/country: Iraq

Timeframe/dates: 2007

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: Article 19, AmmanNet Jordan

Project Description

The purpose of the joint Article 19/ MDI project is to ensure a more diverse and gender-sensitive media in Iraq by building the professional capacity of women to access the media.

The series of activities outlined in this project targets women journalists and thus raised their journalistic expertise and ultimately benefitted the public's right to receive information through a diverse media.

The two day workshops entitled Professional skills for mid career women journalists were held in Amman. It offered a forum for discussion on key issues and challenges faced by women journalists in today's Iraq: reporting current Iraqi events, and specifically, reporting on and around religious diversity during the current conflict. The workshop paid special attention to sharing information and awareness about women's rights as well as to the empowerment of women through the media in general and through the internet in particular. MDI brought to the workshop experts on the issues mentioned above.

•Monitoring and campaigning against freedom of expression abuses in Iraq with specific focus on Iraqi women.

•Capacity building programme on freedom of expression in conflict and post-conflict situation

 
Finding common ground in Israel - Jewish and Arab journalism students working together PDF Print

Region/country: Israel

Timeframe/dates: 2004-2006

Funder: The European Cultural Foundation, The Open Society Institute, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, The Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Partners: Media and Communications Department, Emek Yezreel College (Israel)

Project Description

An intense, short-term project in which 24 Jewish and Arab undergraduate journalism students tackled the issues surrounding reporting on ethnic otherness. A mix of theory and practical work, the project culminated in the production by the students of a 24-page bi-lingual newspaper supplement , that was circulated into their northern Israeli community as an insert in local Arabic-language and Hebrew-language newspapers. The project received a 'Certificate of Excellence' commending their work, at the 10th British Diversity Awards, 2004.

The aim is to raise the media diversity awareness of students at the Media and Communications Department, Emek Yezreel College, and to offer them skills training in reporting diversity techniques. The project will contribute to inter-ethnic understanding within Israel and beyond by:

  • introducing concept of diversity reporting into journalistic and editorial thinking at the outset of the participants' careers;
  • building relationships between Jewish-Israelis and Arab-Israelis embarking on media careers;
  • publishing a newspaper supplement that:
    • explores and celebrates Israel's cultural diversity;
    • provides a positive example of inter-ethnic cooperation as a model for peaceful problem-solving in the region;
    • overturns assumptions about 'other' groups, replacing stereotypes with real human faces.