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Game of Trolls Reaches 3 Million Social Media Users PDF Print

Published: 20 July 2018

Region: Europe

By Amna Nasir

GTTO_Campaign_July_2018“All Muslims may not be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” How would you respond to this claim often seen on various social media platforms? Will you ignore it or will you try to respond? What if there is statistical data to consolidate the claim?

Get the Trolls Out (GTTO), a project by the Media Diversity institute (MDI), initiated a campaign called Game of Trolls. The campaign is a result of joint efforts made by GTTO and Facebook initiative “Create against Hate” gathering civil society activists and creative industry professionals to come up with innovative solutions to deal with online hate speech and extremism.

 
“Migrant” as Slur, Stigma and Insult in Hungarian Media PDF Print

Published: 22 June 2018

Country: Hungary

By Eline Jeanne

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One afternoon last May, Mamoudou Gassama scaled four floors up an apartment building in Paris to save a young boy dangling from a balcony. Captured on video, the incident quickly got international media attention and as a response to the heroic event, French president Emmanuel Macron granted Gassama, an undocumented migrant from Mali, offering a residency in France and internship with the Paris fire service.

International headlines applauded Gassama, who has been dubbed “Spiderman” because of his climbing manoeuvres. The Independent called him a “national hero”, Sky News praised the “daring rescue”, which the Huffington Post described as “heroic” and the Myanmar Times as an “extraordinary act of bravery”. But there was a significant absence of praise for Gassama in Hungary. The Hungarian media largely ignored Gassama’s migrant background, as it did not fit the usual media narrative about migrants. Moreover, there were several reports negatively describing the hero.

 
MDI and Facebook Joined Forces for “Game of Trolls” PDF Print

Published: 30 May 2018

Region: Europe

Screen_Shot_2018-06-05_at_12.11.23What do you do when you see someone posting horrible and offensive comments and posts online? You know you should respond, but how do you do that? This is a question the new “Game of Trolls”  campaign led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is trying to answer. “Game of Trolls” was developed by the MDI’s Get the Trolls Out (GTTO)  project and as part of Create against Hate, a Facebook-led initiative connecting NGO’s with creative industry professionals, in order to tackle online hate and extremism.

All the Create against Hate campaigns including MDI’s “Game of Trolls” were exhibited to the public in the Zari Gallery in London on 23 May and they remain available to be viewed online.

 
Media Relations Workshop for People with Disabilities PDF Print

Dates: 3-5 May 2018

Country: Macedonia, Skopje

Disability_Skopje_1Fifteen representatives of the Macedonian civil society organisations for people with disabilities gathered in Skopje on 3 – 5 May 2018. They participated in the workshop on media relations and campaigning as part of the new project led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and in partnership with the Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) and National Council of People with Disability Organizations of Macedonia.

The aim of the project „Disability: A Matter of Perception“ is to strengthen visibility of persons with disabilities (PwD) in the media. A weakened role of the media as protectors of public interest in Macedonia on one hand, and the difficult climate in which civil society organisations operate on the other, led to the shrinking of media space for pressing needs of disadvantaged groups, and consequently to citizens’ misperceptions in recognising the existing discrimination. The invisibility of PwD in the media hampers their true participation in public life and full exercise of human rights and social inclusion.

 
Innovative Ideas for #SilenceHate against Migrants PDF Print

Dates: 23 – 27 April 2018

Country: UK, London

Media_Camp_1How can journalists in Europe improve their reporting on migrants and migration related issues? Is it through use of technology? Is it by giving migrants more space to tell their stories? Almost 30 journalists and civil society activists offered some innovative ideas on how to report and campaign against hate speech directed towards refugees, asylum seekers and migrants coming to Europe. They spent five days in London gathered at the Media Camp organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) as part of the #SilenceHate project.

Amongst the ideas developed and presented at the Media Camp were podcasts, interactive maps, short documentaries and web series about migrants and their journeys, as well as on their integration process in the society of different European countries. Some participants teamed up in order to produce photo journals, memes and campaigns countering anti-migration sentiments and hate speech in the media and public space. They worked in teams, as well as individually. They designed 18 media products and campaigns about migration issues responding to the ethical challenges associated with reporting on migrants.

 
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