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Mechanisms of Media Control in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 15 March 2018*

Country: Serbia

by Jovanka Matic, Research Associate at the Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade

Serbia_Stop_Media_DarknessFreedom of the media has been a controversial issue in Serbia for several years. The public debate on the state of media freedoms and rights of journalists includes two highly divergent opinions. One claims that the media are completely free, that they are dominated by the critique of the government and that journalists make up attacks on them. The other holds that there were no less media freedoms in the last 25 years than today, that any criticism of the government is severely punished and that a growing number of journalists fear not only economic impoverishment but their life safety.

According to the online survey carried out by Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation in November 2017, only 3% of 177 surveyed journalists asses positively the situation regarding freedom of the media.

#SilenceHate Media Camp in London PDF Print

Dates: 23 – 27 April 2018

Country: UK, London


The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is organising a media camp for 30 participants – journalists, audio visual professionals, and NGO and social activists who will exchange best practices and create innovative media products related to countering online hate speech towards migrants. The media camp will be held in London on 23-27 April as part of the project and campaign #SilenceHate.

The participants coming from all over Europe will work in teams and as individuals. They are expected to design at least 10 media products and/or campaigns about migration issues responding to the ethical challenges associated with reporting on migrants. The media camp will be followed by mentoring and sub-granting for content production.

#SilenceHate to Combat Hate against Migrants and Refugees PDF Print

Published: 8 March 2018

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

COSPE_Logo_Silence_HateMany recent studies show that manifestations of hate speech against migrants and refugees are increasing in Europe. The Italian organisation COSPE gathered eight prominent European organisations under the project and campaign #SilenceHate. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) together with COSPE, Amnesty Italy and Poland, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Karpos, Zaffiria and the Cyprus Community Media Centre will combat and prevent online hate speech against migrants and refugees by developing new and creative counter-narratives.

In April, MDI together with EFJ and COSPE will organise the media camp in London as a 5-day training for journalists, audio visual professionals, and social activists in order to build a counter-narrative on migration. According to the #SilenceHate project’s narrative, the most effective way to tackle hatred is through education and debate.

The Troll of the Month – German Tabloid Bild PDF Print

Published: 19 February 2018

Country: Germany

GTTO_Bild_Troll_of_the_MonthThe Bild newspaper was chosen as “The Troll of the Month” within the MDI project Get the Trolls Out (GTTO). The aim of GTTO Troll of the Month is to expose racist and anti-religious haters and to show the positive outcomes in the fight against intolerance in Europe.

The German tabloid Bild was pushed to change a deceptive and xenophobic headline, after social media outburst accused them of fearmongering. The Bild not only fuelled racism through sensationalistic headline saying “Four out of five refugees do not pass the German language test”, but it also misled the readers. According to the German Governmental Agency for Migration and Refugees, about 76 percent of the refugees who took the language test passed it. As listed in the full text of the article, the 4 out of 5 figure mentioned by Build did not refer to all refugees who took the test, but rather only to those who were illiterate.

The Rise of Online Hate Speech in Italy PDF Print

Published: 8 February 2018

Country: Italy

By Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2018-02-11_at_15.33.52In an analysis by the Italian Committee named after the late British MP Jo Cox, hate speech featured at the second place, below hate crimes and above discriminations. The document titled “The pyramid of hate in Italy” shows that hate speech off and online can be found at different levels of the public and political debate in Italy.

When it comes to targets of online hate speech, according to the VOX Rights Observatory, women are the subjects of the 63% of all the negative tweets. LGBTQI community is targeted as much as migrants, almost 11% respectively. The findings further underlined the growth of far-right racist websites containing insults and offensive language directed to migrants, Roma people, Jewish people and Muslims.

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