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Serbian Journalists Awarded for Tolerance Visit the Guardian, BBC, Community Channel PDF Print

Dates:  20 – 24 March 2017

Country: UK, London

MDI_and_BBC_Diversity_DepartmentThree Serbian journalists awarded for promoting tolerance through their work visited London and some of the most influential media and freedom of expression and human rights organisations. Journalists Nadezda Gace, Bojana Milovanovic and Biljana Radulovic were awarded for the stories on children with Down syndrome, elderly citizens living in a nursing home and people without legal capacity meaning without the right to marry and have children, to work and vote, to manage their own property. They were awarded by the OSCE Mission in Serbia and the Commission for Protection of Equality.

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) organised the visit of the awarded journalists accompanied by the OSCE Media Programme representatives and the Serbian Commission for Protection of Equality spokesperson. During the study tour to London, MDI and the Serbian delegation visited the Guardian, Community Channel, Article 19, Media Legal Defence Initiative and the BBC where they met with the Head of BBC Diversity Department, Tunde Ogungbesan.

 
MDI in Perugia: China Between Traditional and Digital Media PDF Print

Date: 5 April 2017

Country: Italy, Perugia

by Giulia Dessi *

MDI_in_Perugia_2At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia 2017, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) hosted the panel “China: Between Traditional and Digital Media”.

Like in many other countries, in the past ten years, the diffusion of the internet has posed new challenges to traditional media in China, changing the way media are consumed, owned, managed, and produced. Yet, China – with more than 1000 daily newspapers, 2000 TV channels, and 9000 magazines – presents a unique case: with the world’s largest online population, China is also the largest media market in the world, but one where outlets operate under tight control from the Communist Party.

Moderated by MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic, the panel explored the impact of technology on Chinese media from different perspectives: from the way effective political supervision – and censorship – works on social networks in the country, to the specific case of the state news agency Xinhua which highlights strong ideological continuities with the past.

 
MDI Joins UNESCO to Mark the Press Freedom Day 2017 PDF Print

Dates: 1- 4 May 2017

Country: Indonesia, Jakarta

UNESCO_Freedom_Press_Day_2017_logoThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has been invited to participate at the official celebration of the World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta organised by UNESCO, the Government of Indonesia, and the Press Council of Indonesia.

Under the global theme of Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies, participants including the MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic will examine current challenges facing media, including the continuous trend worldwide of attacks against those who bring journalism to the public.

 
“Media as Watchdogs of Public Interest” Workshop in Skopje PDF Print

Dates: 30-31 March

Country: Macedonia, Skopje

MDI_EJN_MAMIL_Workshop_Skopje_March_2017Journalists and editors from 8 media outlets in Macedonia participated in the workshop organised as a part of a media literacy programme MAMIL run by the School of Journalism and Public Relations (SJPR) and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI).  The workshop “Media as Watchdogs of Public Interest” was conducted by the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) on 30-31 March 2017 in Skopje.

“In many cases, journalists and media in Macedonia cover topics that are interesting to the public, with sensationalistic headlines structured solely to attract a larger audience. During the two-day workshop participants were acquainted with the role of media as the watchdogs of public interest, and learnt how to better grapple with issues of public interest, and how to cover them in their news reporting,” said the trainer Tom Law from EJN.

 
MDI in Perugia: "China's Censors as Techy as Media Users" PDF Print

Date: 5 April 2017

Country: Italy, Perugia

MDI_in_Perugia_1At the ongoing International Journalism Festival in Perugia 2017, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) hosted a panel “China: Between Traditional and Digital Media”. The panel moderated by MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic attracted attention of the Festival’s participants since the panellists explored the impact of technology on the Chinese media outlets, their social media presence and the way traditional media operate in a digital age.

The Dean of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, Zhang Zhi’an, said that the print in China is on a rapid decline, but that the traditional media are still the main channels of information. Professor Zhang said  that popular messaging applications such as WeChat and QQ have 700 million and 900 million active users.

 
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