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Fair Reporting on Immigration in Morocco by Young Journalists PDF Print

Dates: 20-22 February 2015

Country: Morocco

Morocco_Immigration“Black Peril”, “Sub-Saharan hordes spread AIDS through Morocco’s streets”, “Sub-Saharan prostitutes offer things that others don’t” – these are some of the titles from Moroccan newspapers. Like in many other countries, including the UK, the tabloids in Morocco are particularly 'creative' in coming up with sensational and alarming headlines and stories regarding immigration. The stories on immigrants are usually negative, rarely nuanced and often inaccurate.

Words like ’hordes’ and ‘black peril’ suggest that Morocco is swamped by Sub-Saharan immigrants, yet there are about 50,000 of them in a country of 33 million people. ‘That is hardly an invasion,’ pointed out Marc Fawe, external relations officer at UNHCR in Morocco.

"Media in the Balkans Worse than after the Wars" PDF Print

Date: 11 March 2015

Region: Western Balkans

Columbia_University_March_2015At the symposium dedicated to the state of the media in the Western Balkans held at Columbia University, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) chaired a panel. The symposium gathered journalists and media experts who were discussing the changes in the media since the end of the Yugoslav wars. Censorship and self-censorship in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia have already raised red flags among media monitors, investigative journalists, and foreign and local observers.

Therefore it was not surprising when the key note speaker at Columbia University, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic declared that ‘freedom of the media in the Balkans is worse than after the wars in the ‘90s’.

From Doubt to Dialogue: MDI launches “Media & Security in Tunisia” Study PDF Print

Date: 14 March 2015

Country: Tunisia

Tunisia_Rafik_ChelliIn the beginning there was doubt. Now there is a dialogue’. This statement by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Executive Director epitomises the work done in less than a year with more than 130 people - journalists, editors, security officials and security experts. They were interviewed to assess media practices in Tunisia related to reporting on security issues, conflict, and extremism.

The results were presented in the "Media & Security in Tunisia" Study which was launched at the conference held on 14 March in the Tunisian capital.

Algerian Media to Sign the Diversity Charter PDF Print

Date: 7 March 2015

Country: Algeria

Algeria_Roundtable_March_2015If you were born to unknown parents or you are a single mother, if you are immigrant or disabled or a member of an ethnic minority, there are big chances that media would not know how to report on the issues concerning you. Or they would not report on them at all. One  of the ways to improve media situation and to achieve a better representation of marginalised groups and cultural minorities is to sign the Diversity Charter. The Charter was created by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) as a guidance on ethical principles for reporting on marginalised communities.

The Diversity Charter, as well as inclusiveness of the Algerian media, were  the discussed at the MDI roundtable held in Algiers on 7 March.

From Crisis to Corruption in the Balkans: MDI at Columbia University PDF Print

Date: 11 March 2015

Region: Western Balkans

Columbia_UniversityThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Head of Operations and Development in the US Marija Sajkas will chair a panel at Columbia University symposium dedicated to the state of the media in the Western Balkans. With the key address to be delivered by Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the debate will focus on whether telling the facts and naming the names still grounds for intimidation and censorship of journalists and reporters even with much of the region on the cusp of European integration.

“It seems that the general tendency of the region towards EU integration and the ongoing institutional changes did not pursue much of the democratisation of the press. On the contrary, there has been much talk recently involving the discussion about the censorship and the auto-censorship in the Balkans,” says Marija Sajkas.

The forthcoming symposium “State of the Media in South Eastern Europe: From Crisis to Corruption” will take place at Columbia University on March 11, 2015.

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