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Dune-Voices Extends to Libya: Safety and Ethics Most Needed PDF Print

Dates: 14 - 21 February 2015

Country: Libya, Tunis

Tunis_Conference«They came for us, probably to kill us. My sister and I had to escape our home through the back door, and seek protection in exile », she said, breathing loudly. She has heart problems and often suffers from short breath.  As many others in Libya, journalists are targeted in Libya on purely ethnic grounds. « At check points, if they find out you’re a journalist, they ask you from which part of which city you’re from”, says Youssef from Misrata. « And if you come from an area they don’t like, God help you”.

As Dune-Voices platform extends to Libya, the safety of journalists there is even more crucial than ever. At a conference held in Tunis on 21 February 2015, the Media Diversity Institute proposed to 60 Libyan journalists, lawyers, civil activists, elected officials to discuss the issue of the protection of journalists in conflict zones such as Libya.

 
Meet the Libyan Journalists PDF Print

Dates: 14 - 22 February

Country: Libya

Libyan_Press_2MDI is hosting a group of sixteen Libyan Journalists at the multi-media workshop in Tunis. The group will be trained in Inclusive Journalism concept enabling them to join the MDI’s DUNE Voices, first online agency of its kind in North Africa.

Libyan journalist came from Benghazi, Misrate, Zouara, Derna, Oubari, Koufra. They  are  available for  interviews and briefings on the current situation in their country. They will be staying in Tunis until 22 February 2015.

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CSO and the Media Working Together in Morocco PDF Print

Dates: 6 – 8 February 2015

Country: Morocco

Morocco_HomelessHalid ended up on the streets of Casablanca when he was 8. He was a child when his mother died unexpectedly. While Halid is telling his story to a journalist and an activist from Moroccan civil society organization, other homeless people start to gather. They want to tell their stories too. And they also want a sip of milk that is shared amongst them.

Halid’s story was heard after Abdelali who works as a journalist and Hamza, an activist for MADA Centre, joined their forces in giving an opportunity to people whose voice is missing from the media. They went on the streets of Casablanca and talked to the people who are rarely heard in the media, like the young homeless people are. The article they submitted was a result of the joint CSO-Media workshop organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in partnership with Association Jeunes pour Jeunes (AJJ) on 6 - 8 February 2015.

 
Development Manager Vacancy PDF Print

Application Deadline: 26 February 2015

Location: Victoria, London, UK

Salary: £35,000 - 37,000

drops of springThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is seeking an experienced full-time Development Manager to lead on the development of projects and funding proposals, including identifying funders, preparing approaches and proposals and negotiating contracts. The Development Manager will be responsible for the stewardship of all MDI’s funding relationships, including overall oversight of monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

MDI is a registered charity with offices in the USA, the UK and the MENA region in need of a mixed income of project and core funding granted by international media development agencies, governmental and intergovernmental organisations as well as charitable foundations. The full job description can be seen here.

 
Through the Sand and Road Blocks in Mali PDF Print

Dates: 17 – 23 January 2015

Country: Mali

bamako_17-23_janThree days, 1542 kilometres and dozens of road blocks: to reach their destination in Bamako, future Dune Voices reporters Mohamed, Souleymane, Abdahrahmane, and Hama had to go through a difficult journey.

As they were travelling south of the rebel-controlled town of Kidal, they saw a group of heavily armed four-wheel-drive pickups hiding under the trees. A few days later, Tuareg forces got involved in a clash with the pro-government militias and pushed the UN mission from Kidal airport. To go back home, the journalists will have to wait for the next UN flight, once the service starts again.

 
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