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Countering xenophobia with creativity: #OEOE PDF Print

Published: 10 April 2014

Countries: Greece, Hungary, Italy

puppetsGiant puppets, satirical cartoons, radio shows, and positive stories are the tools that the Media Diversity Institute’s project “Our Elections, Our Europe” (OEOE) is using to counter racism in the run up of the European parliament elections in Hungary, Greece and Italy.

Started in February, OEOE has spotted several incidents of xenophobic discourse by politicians. Whether it is the Northern League’s rhetoric against refugees who “live in luxurious hotel while Italians starve”, or the Jobbik party’s refusal to dismiss the words “criminal Gypsies”, or the Golden Dawn’s  Nazi salutes and symbols, the far-right party are alarmingly on the rise in Europe. Many fear that the next European parliament will have a majority of Eurosceptic extreme-right MEPs.

 
South of Algeria, Forgotten by the Media? PDF Print

Date: 2 March 2014

Country: Algeria, Algiers

Algeria_Roundtable_FRONT“South, forgotten by the media” wrote La Liberté, the Algerian daily newspaper referring to the outcome of the roundtable on media coverage of South of Algeria organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in Algiers on 2 March 2014.

At the beginning of the conference, Liberté Editor, Abrous Outoudert said: “As soon as the idea of the conference was suggested to me by the MDI Coordinator in Algiers, I said yes, not only as a media person, but also as a citizen.” Talking about the media coverage of the South of Algeria he said the region has attracted some media attention last year. But that was due to security related issues and instability, as well as due to the protests against unemployment and the recent clashes between Berbers and Arabs in Ghardaia. When these acute problems calm down, agreed the speakers at the MDI roundtable in Algiers, media will forget the South again.

 
Fighting Discrimination in Russia PDF Print

Date: 31 March 2014

Country: Russia

RussiaThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI), in the partnership with the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ), has been implementing the project for better media representation of all viewpoints in Russian society as well as promoting respect for human rights, equality and diversity.

Within the project “Fighting Discrimination in Russia through Tolerant and Inclusive Reporting”, MDI has been equipping young journalists with the skills to report ethically, responsibly and inclusively on diversity in their regions. They produced more than 170 articles on religious, ethnic and gender diversity, during the period of less than four months. All these articles can be read here.

 
"Press Council is Not a Court" PDF Print

Date: 28 February 2014

Country: Morocco, Rabat

Morocco_Roundtable_February_2014As part of the efforts to discuss and explore the role of the National Press Council in Morocco, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in collaboration with The National Syndicate of the Moroccan Press, organized a roundtable on 28 February 2014 in Rabat. Media experts and stakeholders, as well as journalists and editors, debated the violation of the journalistic ethics and to what extent it affects the freedom of expression.

Some of the questions raised at MDI roundtable in Rabat were the responsibility of media, how that responsibility is shared with the civil society and what is the best way for the Moroccan National Press Council to implement and regulate the code of ethics.

 
Turning the Page of Hate in Russia PDF Print

Date: 20 March 2014

Country: Russia, Moscow

Moscow_Conference“The challenge of diversity and tolerance in Russian society is felt today more than ever, and no more so than in the world of media, where internal and external pressures pose threats to the quality of journalism needed to promote pluralism and human rights for all”. These were the warnings that Aidan White, director of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), shared with the participants of the Moscow conference, organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ).

The  multimedia conference was a final dot on the  MDI project, which aspires to contribute to greater freedom of expression for all viewpoints in Russian society, and to promote equality and fight discrimination, by equipping journalists with the skills to report ethically and inclusively on ethnic and racial diversity. 

 
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