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Innovative Ideas for #SilenceHate against Migrants PDF Print

Dates: 23 – 27 April 2018

Country: UK, London

Media_Camp_1How can journalists in Europe improve their reporting on migrants and migration related issues? Is it through use of technology? Is it by giving migrants more space to tell their stories? Almost 30 journalists and civil society activists offered some innovative ideas on how to report and campaign against hate speech directed towards refugees, asylum seekers and migrants coming to Europe. They spent five days in London gathered at the Media Camp organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) as part of the #SilenceHate project.

Amongst the ideas developed and presented at the Media Camp were podcasts, interactive maps, short documentaries and web series about migrants and their journeys, as well as on their integration process in the society of different European countries. Some participants teamed up in order to produce photo journals, memes and campaigns countering anti-migration sentiments and hate speech in the media and public space. They worked in teams, as well as individually. They designed 18 media products and campaigns about migration issues responding to the ethical challenges associated with reporting on migrants.

 
MDI at the US Embassy Media Literacy Event PDF Print

Date: 25 April 2018

Country: UK, London

By Daphne Visser

MAH_Workshop_May_2017_3“We want children to become more sceptical about the news on their social media feeds,” Damaso Reyes said at the Media Literacy workshop “Fighting Misinformation” organised by the USA Embassy in London. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) participated in the workshop together with mostly secondary schools teachers and organisations implementing youth media literacy programmes.

MDI has already worked with the USA Embassy and Shout Out on media literacy programmes and youth conference #MediaMinded. The key speaker at the event held on 25 April in the Embassy in London, Damaso Reyes, is part of the News Literacy Project (NLP). Part of his job is to visit schools explaining and teaching children about media literacy, specifically news literacy.

 
MDI’s Executive Director on BBC Weekend PDF Print

Date: 28 April 2018

Country: London, UK

IMG_4740Milica Pesic, MDI’s Executive Director, was a guest on BBC Weekend on 28 April. On the show a variety of topics were discussed, including recent developments in the Korean Peninsula, the current political situation in Armenia and the ‘bromance’ between Trump and Macron on his recent visit to the Unites States.

She was joined on the program by Giles Fraser, priest-in-charge at St Mary’s Newington Church and former cannon chancellor at St Paul’s Cathedral, who also writes a column for UnHerd.

 
MDI in Perugia: Journalism Can Fight Far Right PDF Print

Date: 13 April 2018

Country: Italy, Perugia

Screen_Shot_2018-04-22_at_13.03.46Panelists of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) panel at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia agreed that journalism can answer to the challenge of far right and extremism.  Focusing on fascism and its rise in Europe and elsewhere, panelists explored if the media can counter it. British journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Austrian journalist Bettina Figl, Jean-Paul Marthoz of the Belgium Le Soir and Jovanka Matic of the Institute of Social Sciences Belgrade talked about the rise of fascism and whether journalism is part of that problem or it can be a solution. That was the main theme of the panel moderated by MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic at the International Festival in Perugia.*

Semantics was one of the topics discussed. Giving the Francophone perspective, Jean-Paul Marthoz explained how a legal battle took place in order for journalists to be allowed to use the term ‘extreme right’. According to him though, journalists must focus on who these parties and their followers are, and what they do and not to get too caught up in semantics.

 
Mechanisms of Media Control in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 15 March 2018*

Country: Serbia

by Jovanka Matic, Research Associate at the Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade

Serbia_Stop_Media_DarknessFreedom of the media has been a controversial issue in Serbia for several years. The public debate on the state of media freedoms and rights of journalists includes two highly divergent opinions. One claims that the media are completely free, that they are dominated by the critique of the government and that journalists make up attacks on them. The other holds that there were no less media freedoms in the last 25 years than today, that any criticism of the government is severely punished and that a growing number of journalists fear not only economic impoverishment but their life safety.

According to the online survey carried out by Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation in November 2017, only 3% of 177 surveyed journalists asses positively the situation regarding freedom of the media.

 
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