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After Brexit, Media to Say No to Racism and Xenophobia PDF Print

Published: 26 June 2016

Country: UK

Brexit_MediaThere were threating xenophobic, anti-immigration tones in some British press, mostly tabloids, all along the campaign for EU referendum. Not only that many representatives of the Leave campaign spread the message that “the EU immigration system is immoral and unfair”, but some media outlets including two best-selling tabloids, mostly ignored economic reasons for staying or leaving the EU and focused their coverage on migrants and reasons on why they are not wanted in the UK.

“EU migrants are more likely to have a job in the UK than British citizens”, claimed Daily Mail while the Sun warned about “migrant surge if we stay in the EU”. Both papers backed the Leave campaign. It came as no surprise that hundreds of people hit the streets of some of England and Scotland's biggest cities in protest over the "anti-immigration" tone of the pro-Brexit campaign.

MDI Seeking Development Manager PDF Print

Application Deadline: 31 July 2016

Salary: £35,000-37,000 pa

Colorful_abstract_shoesWe are an expanding London-based NGO providing diversity training and development for media professionals and NGOs across the globe. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Development Manager with demonstrated experience in fundraising and grant management with European and North American donors, private and governmental.A high degree of initiative, excellent communication, writing and database skills needed. Excellent written and spoken English (native-level standard).

This is an ideal opportunity if you have strong influencing and negotiating skills, have a keen interest in diversity and the media and have an enquiring and analytical mind. Please apply before 31 July 2016.

MDI in Discussion on Antisemitism on Al Jazeera PDF Print

Date: 13 May 2016

Country: UK

AJstream_Giulia_Dessi_3The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) contributed to the programme The Stream on Al Jazeera on Tuesday 10 May. Within the episode “Anti-Semitism rocks UK Labour Party”, MDI explained the difficulties in having a unanimously accepted definition of antisemitism and the forms this type of racism has taken in the past and today.

“The question ‘who can define antisemitism’ suggests that a definition is possible and straightforward,” said Giulia Dessi, project coordinator of Get the Trolls Out, MDI project for combating antisemitism in the media. “International organisations and institutions generally provide definition of terms such as antisemitism, but it is very difficult to come up with a definition that is universally agreed,” she added. “Disputes constantly rage about what does or does not count as racism, Islamophobia, sexism, homophobia, and so on. Antisemitism is no different. At the Media Diversity Institute, we believe its meaning has changed over time, from theological models to race-based models, and today is strongly tied to Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Giulia Dessi concluded.

MDI partnered with UNESCO to Mark World Press Freedom Day PDF Print

Dates: 2 - 4 May 2016

Country: Finland, Helsinki

World_Press_Freedom_Day_UNESCOThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) joined over 50 civil society and media organisations to mark the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) this year in Helsinki. At the event organised by UNESCO, there were more than 1100 participants who celebrated the fundamental principle of press freedom reminding the world that in dozens of countries media still face censorship, fines and closure while journalists are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.  According to UNESCO, 825 journalists are known to have lost their lives doing their job over the past decades. Only less than 6 percent of these killings have been resolved.

Rural Voices of Morocco on Online Platforms PDF Print

Published: 28 April 2016

Country: Morocco

Moroccan_Village_Lakrimat_2The Moroccan village of Lakrimat is located in the south of the country, in the region known as Chiadma. There are around 11,000 habitants whose main activity is agriculture, more precisely olive and argan oil production. They also keep a livestock of sheep and cows. A doctor visits the village twice a week while there are regular primary and secondary school classes.

One could say it is a typical south-Moroccan village between cities Essaouira and Safi, but Lakrimat has set an example. Its Chiadmanews website covering news and events from the village, wider area and the whole region, tells a story about rural voices on digital platforms.

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