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Dune Voices Journalists Develop their Multimedia Reporting Skills PDF Print

Published: 2 December 2016

Countries: Algeria, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Tunisia_Training_Nov_2016“Sometimes I think about suicide but then when I hear my child cry, I ask God for forgiveness that I even thought about it,” says the mother of five who admits that she sometimes is unable to feed her children.  She told her story to the Dune Voices journalist Nadia Retibi.

Nadia is one of dozens of young journalists and citizen journalists reporting for Dune Voices, a multimedia platform set up by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in 2014. The Dune Voices specialise in covering topics of marginalised groups and minorities in the Sahara region of six countries - Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia. More and more people coming from the vulnerable and communities forgotten by the mainstream media, have found their stories heard through the Dune Voices website. MDI have gathered 19 journalists who write stories from the Sahara, on 20-26 November 2016 in Tunis where they developed the multimedia and mobile journalism skills, mainly via practical and field work and exercises.

 
MDI Reporting Diversity Courses at SYSU in China PDF Print

Published: 15 November 2016

Country: China

SYSU_Modules_StudentsMore than 150 Communication and Journalism students of the School of Communication and Design at the prominent Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in the capital of the most economically prosperous Chinese province, Guangdong, have embarked on the Reporting Diversity modules. The first ever series of Reporting Diversity modules in China is a result of the cooperation between the SYSU’s Journalism School and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) which started almost 2 years ago when a MDI representative introduced Inclusive Journalism concept to SYSU academics and students.

MDI and SYSU agreed to develop a joint programme aimed for encouraging the Chinese Guangdong region’s media actors, journalism educators and civil society organisations to build awareness and capacity for the greater social and cultural inclusion through responsible reporting on the region’s diversity.

 
Action Day Against Antisemitic Hate Speech PDF Print

Date: 9 November 2016

Region: Europe

30210459904_ba9b1a32c5_zOn the night between 9 and 10 November 1938, a night which than became known as Kristallnacht, a series of anti-Jewish pogroms happened in Nazi Germany and occupied Austria. Today, the 9 of November, which was the first step towards the Nazis’ extermination of the European Jewry, is observed across Europe as a day of memory and action: International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism.

This year, the No Hate Speech Movement, a youth campaign of the Council of Europe for human rights online, organised an Action Day specifically focused on combatting Antisemitic Hate Speech.

 
Unique MA Diversity and the Media Combines Theory and Practice PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2016

Country: UK

by Roxane Biedermann

Ma_students_2The number of students attending the MA in Diversity and the Media in 2016/17 at the Westminster University has tripled.  Twenty four students attend the course, designed and set up in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI). From year to year, this unique MA course is changing, mostly following new trends in journalism, communication and the media. Also, this year there are new lecturers such as a filmmaker Rani Khanna teaching “Reporting Diversity: Gender, Sexuality, Age, Disability” module.

Professor Roza Tsagarousianou, who is in charge of the course, says there are numerous reasons why students express big interest in diversity in the media and related issues. “They know why they came”, says Tsagarousianou.

 
Bans on Holocaust Denial Don’t help Jews PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2016

Region: Worldwide

by professor Eric Heinze*

Holocaust_memorialI’d rather not think about how horrible Germany would be’, exclaimed Stephan J. Kramer, General Secretary of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, ‘if Holocaust denial were lawful’. What else could he say? The Holocaust had almost extinguished Germany’s Jewish community.  Numbers have revived since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but remain tiny.

To be clear, German law provides iron-clad guarantees for free speech.  For decades, the range and quality of the country’s print and broadcast media have been second to none, noticeably superior in breadth and depth to those of English-speaking nations.  Notwithstanding the bogus scientific façade, however, Holocaust denial is unequivocally hate speech, as research has repeatedly shown.

 
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