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Social Media Advantages for CSOs PDF Print

Published: 8 May 2014

Country: Morocco

Morocco_OnsiteHow about the topic of human rights to be taught at Moroccan universities? This idea came from Bouchemmama Med, an activist at Moroccan NGO Mouvement Rihanate and one of the participants in the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) workshops on digital communication skills.

Convinced that the human rights should be taught at the high educational level, Bouchemmama started an Avaaz online campaign and promoted the idea using social media and other tools. He was also contacted by a Moroccan journalist via Twitter and then interviewed on the very same subject.

Why the BBC Should Not Tolerate Jeremy Clarkson PDF Print

milica_BBC_WHYSDebating whether BBC should sack one of its top TV presenters Jeremy Clarkson over his racist remarks, MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic said: “It is not about Clarkson, it is about BBC. I don’t know what Clarkson thinks, but I know what he said. He is the public figure and what he says off the record matters just as what he is saying on air”.

Pesic appeared on BBC World Have Your Say programme on Friday highlighting that ‘the BBC should have zero tolerance towards racist or discriminatory language or behaviour'.

MDI Trainer Among 100 Information Heroes PDF Print

Published: 30 April 2014

Region: Worldwide

abeer_saady_protestsFor the first time ever, Reporters Without Borders is publishing a list of profiles of “100 information heroes” who “through their courageous work of activism help to promote the freedom enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

Marking World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, this list of “100 information heroes” comprises women and men of almost all ages (25 to 75) and 65 nations. One of the heroes is Abeer Saady, Egyptian journalist who is the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) trainer and one of the members of the jury for the MDI Inclusive Journalism Award in Egypt.

Countering xenophobia with creativity: #OEOE PDF Print

Published: 10 April 2014

Countries: Greece, Hungary, Italy

puppetsGiant puppets, satirical cartoons, radio shows, and positive stories are the tools that the Media Diversity Institute’s project “Our Elections, Our Europe” (OEOE) is using to counter racism in the run up of the European parliament elections in Hungary, Greece and Italy.

Started in February, OEOE has spotted several incidents of xenophobic discourse by politicians. Whether it is the Northern League’s rhetoric against refugees who “live in luxurious hotel while Italians starve”, or the Jobbik party’s refusal to dismiss the words “criminal Gypsies”, or the Golden Dawn’s  Nazi salutes and symbols, the far-right party are alarmingly on the rise in Europe. Many fear that the next European parliament will have a majority of Eurosceptic extreme-right MEPs.

South of Algeria, Forgotten by the Media? PDF Print

Date: 2 March 2014

Country: Algeria, Algiers

Algeria_Roundtable_FRONT“South, forgotten by the media” wrote La Liberté, the Algerian daily newspaper referring to the outcome of the roundtable on media coverage of South of Algeria organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in Algiers on 2 March 2014.

At the beginning of the conference, Liberté Editor, Abrous Outoudert said: “As soon as the idea of the conference was suggested to me by the MDI Coordinator in Algiers, I said yes, not only as a media person, but also as a citizen.”

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