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MDI on London Live TV Asking for More Ethnic Diversity in the Media PDF Print

Published: 19 August 2014

Country: UK


A day after BSkyB pledged that by the end of next year, at least 20% of the stars and writers of its UK-originated TV shows will come from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic background; a Media Diversity Institute (MDI) representative appeared on London Live TV asking for a clearer strategy to implement these plans.

“We always hear that BBC, BSkyB and others are trying to have more diverse programmes, more representatives from Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities. But we at MDI wonder how they are actually going to do that? If it is so simple to employ more people with different backgrounds, then why haven’t they done it so far?” said Dasha Ilic from MDI.

Media as a Friend of Algerian CSOs PDF Print

Published: 15 August 2014

Country: Algeria

Algeria_CSOs_fourThe 16 participants on the Media Diversity Institute ‘Making your Mark’ programme are restless. They have received news that three senior journalists will be coming to meet them. Far from being worried about being interviewed by them, their discomfort is at the news that they have to ask the journalists questions.

Participant after participant echo the same sentiment: Shouldn’t they be the ones asking the questions? “What do I ask them?” say two trainee doctors in unison. Dealing with cultural differences and expectations such as this was a common theme during the final media and advocacy training for NGOs in Algiers.

MDI Programme Manager Vacancy PDF Print

Deadline: 8 August 2014

Location: EU or one of the Project countries

Salary: Dependent on Skills and Experience

Berber_Camel_Driver_MoroccoThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is looking for an experienced and professional Programme Manager to run its Regional Programme which covers Morocco, Algeria, Mali, Libya and Mauritania. The Programme Manager is expected to oversee and implement all elements of MDI’s programme ‘‘Inclusive Voices for Conflict Prevention and Democracy Building in North Africa: bringing the voices of the Sahara into the public sphere”. The main goal of the programme is to set up and run an online news/feature agency with citizen journalists based in the Saharan region.

The successful candidate must have an in-depth understanding and commitment to inclusion and human rights, as well as excellent contacts in both the media and civil society in the programme countries.

Media Advocacy Campaigns for the Algerian CSOs PDF Print

Published: 15 July 2014

Country: Algeria

Algeria_CSO_May_2014A good media advocacy campaign goes beyond outreach work and hosting events. It is about raising awareness and being passionate about an issue you really want to see changed.

This became clear on the first day of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) workshop held for 17 participants from different NGOs across Algeria. Tackling diverse issues from HIV/AIDS and disability to human rights and drug misuse, the participants are all active in their fields but had not run a ‘traditional’ or online campaign. Therefore, the MDI workshop held 23-27 June 2014 was a good opportunity for CSOs members to practise their media and advocacy skills and to prepare for future campaigns.

Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Security and Media in Tunisia PDF Print

Date: 25 June 2014

Country: Tunisia

Tunisia_-_Security_and_MediaBalancing fundamental human rights such as Freedom of Expression and Access to Information with responsibility and sensitivity in reporting on security issues presents a challenge for reporters in any society, let alone in a post-authoritarian, post-revolutionary, transitional Tunisia. This was one of the main points made at a roundtable entitled “Media Coverage of Security Issues during the Election Period”, organised in Tunis on 25 June.  The participants at the event included media and security experts, media and security service professionals, journalism educators, civil society representatives, as well as international experts.

The purpose of the discussion organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) was to create a confidential space for open and constructive dialogue between the key actors, so they have the opportunity to understand the perspectives and needs of the other parties, in particular ahead of the autumn elections in Tunisia.

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