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European Activists Tackle Hate Speech at MDI Workshop PDF Print

Dates: 22 – 26 May 2017

Country: UK, London

MAH_Workshop_May_2017_11Fifteen participants gathered at the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) workshop “Media Tools against Hate Speech” in London to develop their skills and knowledge on digital tools tackling hate speech. On the last day of the 5-day workshop, they presented ideas for online campaigns such as the promotion of a monitoring report on Islamophobia in the Spanish media, an online tool for reporting hate crime in Slovakia, gifs and memes tackling homophobia, transphobia and biphobia amongst youngsters in Belgium, as well as a project for recruiting teachers, champions of media literacy in Romania. They also suggested #22ReasonsWhy, a supporting campaign for making 22 July the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime,  as well as ideas on how to promote rights and tell the stories of teen mums, Syrian refugees, Roma community, LGBT people etc. in the online space.

The civil society activists from European NGOs, gathered by MDI within the #MediaAgainstHate project, enjoyed several sessions by experts including Matt Cooke from Google News Lab presenting the newest Google tools. They also spent two days at Twitter in its London offices where Nick Pickles talked about this platform’s efforts to tackle hate speech. Last year, MDI and Twitter produced Tips to Counter Hate Speech on Twitter,  which MDI’s Giulia Dessi introduced to the “Media Tools against Hate” participants.

 
The BBC Published a Dune Voices Story from Mali PDF Print

Published: 19 May 2017

Country: Mali, Bamako

Bamako_Photo_1“Motorcycles never die in Bamako. That is the first thing that strikes you when you drive on the streets of Bamako. There are motorcycles everywhere, often with women drivers dressed in colourful clothes,” says Khalil Sow, a Dune Voices journalist based in Mali’s capital city. His story produced for Dune Voices about an artist using motorcycle parts for art installations was picked up and published by the BBC Arabic.

The Media Diversity Institute designed and set up Dune Voices, a multimedia platform for stories featuring marginalised communities in the Sahara region in 2014. Potential of the stories coming from Dune Voices journalists was soon recognised by many regional and international media, including the BBC, that republished and rebroadcast them.

 
New Strategies to Counter Antisemitism in Digital Age PDF Print

Date: 9-11 May 2017

Country: France

18403887_10156292896522715_1393057572403131579_oAntisemitic hate speech in Europe today is taking on new forms, new messages and is on the rise. Yet, antisemitic hate speech is increasingly less recognised and denounced as hate speech.

The internet has provided new platforms for antisemitic hate speech to evolve and spread, commenting on present day challenges with quick fix solutions that single out minority groups as the problem to be dealt with. The spread of such rhetoric online allow for stereotypes to reach a high number of people and vast geographical areas. Antisemitic hate speech might not have a long tradition in some communities in Europe but with the internet dangerous stereotypes are allowed to spread if gone unchecked.

On 9-11 May 2017 in Strasbourg, the No Hate Speech Movement (NHSM) of Council of Europe organised the ‘Seminar on Combating Antisemitic Hate Speech’ to review together with campaign partners, young activists, and practitioners the work on combatting antisemitic hate speech and identify ways to strengthen it.

 
A New MDI Project Countering Hate Speech in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 9 May 2017

Country: Serbia

Stopping_HateThe Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans and the Serbian Youth Umbrella Organisation (KOMS) launched “Stop the Hate”, a new project aiming to enable young people to recognise, understand and combat online hate speech by developing meaningful and nonviolent counter-narratives.

The project relies on “Tips to Counter Hate Speech on Twitter”, a guide designed by MDI, aiming to help social media users to combat hate speech online in most simple and effective way. In the period May – September 2017, MDI and KOMS will organise trainings and educational workshops for young people and schoolchildren in Serbia, as well as conduct a social media campaign raising awareness about hate speech online.

 
MDI Joins UNESCO in Marking World Press Freedom Day 2017 PDF Print

Date: 3 May 2017

Country: Indonesia, Jakarta

Screen_Shot_2017-05-07_at_11.14.37The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) participated at the official celebration of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) in Jakarta organised by UNESCO, the Government of Indonesia, and the Press Council of Indonesia. On 3 May, MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic was one of the speakers at the panel “Fostering inclusiveness and gender equality through media innovation”.

“It is extremely important to ‎continue discussing the significance of inclusion as one of the basic democratic principles. The UNESCO celebration of the World Press Day in Jakarta was very much about inclusive societies that are under threat. If citizens are being excluded on basis of their class, ethnicity, religion, gender and if they don’t feel being a part of the society, that would make some people look for extremism as an option. Therefore, the media that provide space for inclusion of all voices can significantly contribute to the prevention of extremism,” said Pesic at the panel on inclusiveness and gender equality.

 
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