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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.

 
MDI Brings Leading Chinese Professors to the UK PDF Print

Published: 14 April 2016

Country: China/UK

China_Professors_Frontline_ClubGender is a ‘safe topic’ in China that can be discussed in the media, academia and elsewhere. But gender is still mostly understood as a women’s issue. Two leading professors from the prominent Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) based in the capital of the most economically prosperous Chinese province, Guangdong, are challenging that very concept of gender, especially in journalism and media reporting. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) invited Dr Haiyan Wang and  Dr Zhijin Zhong to visit the UK and various universities that have modules on gender and media. They also talked to professors from MA Diversity and the Media, an innovative postgraduate course developed and designed through partnership between MDI and the University of Westminster.

MDI’s guests from China also visited Kings College, City University, Goldsmiths, LSE and Cardiff University. They learnt that the average ratio of female to male students attending journalism courses in the UK is 60:40, but also that when it comes to Gender and Media Courses this ratio dramatically changes, as hardly any men join in. For instance, out of 50 Gender and the Media students at Cardiff University, only 6 are men.

 
MDI to create Macedonian Media and Information Literacy Coalition PDF Print

Published: 4 April 2016

Country: Macedonia

Macedonia_SJPR_Media_LiteracyThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has joined the School of Journalism and Public Relations (SJPR), one of the most prominent higher education institutions in Macedonia, in their efforts to establish a coalition of media and civil society organisations. The Macedonian Media and Information Literacy Coalition (MAMIL) has a goal of promoting Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Macedonia, in order to empower citizens to become active participants in the public sphere and a policy-making process, and reinforce the watchdog role of the media in Macedonia.

The specific objectives of the project "Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance: Macedonian Coalition of Media and Information Literacy" is to raise awareness about the importance of MIL as a prerequisite for participatory democracy and pluralism, create a coalition of media, CSOs, and citizens for promoting MIL, empower citizens and civil society with MIL skills and knowledge as a precondition for active citizenry and introduce public journalism by creating meaningful and diverse news content as imperative for achieving media pluralism, diversification of sources and human-oriented stories.

 
Fighting Racism with Satirical Cartoons PDF Print

Published: 31 March 2016

Region: Worldwide

Cut_and_Paste_Artwork_FIN_-_webOn the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) published a satirical cartoon highlighting similarities between racism and discrimination against various social groups.

The cartoon shows that racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-migrants rhetoric and many other types of discrimination have their basis in hate speech and hatred towards minorities and marginalised groups.

The cartoon, by the cartoonist Polyp, is part of the MDI project “Get the Trolls Out!” a programme to combat online antisemitism in Europe. Within a partnership of five organisations across Europe, Get the Trolls Out! rejects antisemitic discourse in the media as well as in everyday life. It engages young people in exposing the prejudices, misrepresentation and manipulation of antisemitic public discourses through creative education, humour, theatre, fact-based messages and complaints.

 
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