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The Troll of the Month – German Tabloid Bild PDF Print

Published: 19 February 2018

Country: Germany

GTTO_Bild_Troll_of_the_MonthThe Bild newspaper was chosen as “The Troll of the Month” within the MDI project Get the Trolls Out (GTTO). The aim of GTTO Troll of the Month is to expose racist and anti-religious haters and to show the positive outcomes in the fight against intolerance in Europe.

The German tabloid Bild was pushed to change a deceptive and xenophobic headline, after social media outburst accused them of fearmongering. The Bild not only fuelled racism through sensationalistic headline saying “Four out of five refugees do not pass the German language test”, but it also misled the readers. According to the German Governmental Agency for Migration and Refugees, about 76 percent of the refugees who took the language test passed it. As listed in the full text of the article, the 4 out of 5 figure mentioned by Build did not refer to all refugees who took the test, but rather only to those who were illiterate.

 
The Rise of Online Hate Speech in Italy PDF Print

Published: 8 February 2018

Country: Italy

By Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2018-02-11_at_15.33.52In an analysis by the Italian Committee named after the late British MP Jo Cox, hate speech featured at the second place, below hate crimes and above discriminations. The document titled “The pyramid of hate in Italy” shows that hate speech off and online can be found at different levels of the public and political debate in Italy.

When it comes to targets of online hate speech, according to the VOX Rights Observatory, women are the subjects of the 63% of all the negative tweets. LGBTQI community is targeted as much as migrants, almost 11% respectively. The findings further underlined the growth of far-right racist websites containing insults and offensive language directed to migrants, Roma people, Jewish people and Muslims.

 
MDI at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia 2018 PDF Print

Date: 13 April 2018

Country: Italy, Perugia

Perugia_2018The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is hosting a panel “Fascism is back. Is journalism part of the problem or of a solution?” at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia on 13 April 2018.

The moderator of the panel on fascism and the role of the media is MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic. Her guests are well-known British journalist and author Yasmine Alibhai-Brown, an Austrian journalist and a fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, Bettina Figl. Panelists are also Jean-Paul Marthoz, a columnist for a Belgian Le Soir and author of books on media coverage of terrorism and migration, as well as Belgrade-based Jovanka Matic, an experienced researcher in the field of communication, media and journalism studies in Western Balkans.

 
Poland’s Turn to the Far-Right: Where are the Media? PDF Print

Published: 6 February 2018

Country: Poland

By Angelo Boccato

Poland_Nationalists_MarchThe Polish ultra-right protestors made global headlines last November when they marched through Warshaw calling for “White Europe”, “Pure Poland” and “Refugess, get out!”. Not long afterwards, the rulling Law and Justice party proposed a controversal Holocaust law that forbids “Polish death camps” or suggesting “publicly and against the facts” that the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi Germany’s crimes.

With 60,000 people chanting antisemitic, Islamophobic, anti-gay and anti-migrant slogans, Poland is one of the European countries turning towards right-wing populism and normalising discriminatory discourse in the public sphere. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is exploring the role of the media ahead of the panel “Fascism is back. Is journalism part of the problem or of a solution?” at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia on 13 April 2018.

 
Youth to Combat Hate Speech in Local Communities in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 2 February 2018

Country: Serbia

YouthAgainstHate_2The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans has launched its new project #YouthAgainstHate in Serbia. The 4-month long project aims to increase resilience of young people in local Belgrade communities by equipping them with tools and opportunities to identify, expose and combat hate speech, including hate speech online.

The main premise in the project design is the proven link between hate speech, discrimination and marginalisation, all indicated as push factors toward radicalisation and violent extremism.

 
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