MDI News
Tackling Hate Speech with Humour PDF Print

Published: 30 May 2014

Region: Europe

By Giulia Dessi


There’s nothing inherently funny about the xenophobia that’s on the rise in Europe, but tackling hate speech with satire and humour is proving a useful tool in the fight against racism and intolerance. Together with our partners, the Media Diversity Institute has undertaken the “Our Elections, Our Europe” project, which includes cartoons and street theatre in its arsenal. We have been working in Hungary, Greece, and Italy—three EU members badly affected by the economic crisis and its symptoms, like high unemployment and right-wing anti-migrant propaganda.

The situation in each country is not the same, of course. Immigration is a contentious issue in Greece and Italy; less so in Hungary, where hatred concentrates on the indigenous Roma people and also targets the Jewish community. The continued success of the violent neo-Nazi Golden Dawn in Greece sets that country apart, but the xenophobic discourse is strong in Italy as well. In no country is there much positive media coverage of immigrants or minorities.

Telling the Interfaith Story PDF Print

Published: 29 May 2014

Region: Europe

Sweden2A fictional press conference, an elevator pitch exercise and a “speed-dating” were some of the activities that took place during the “Telling the Interfaith Story” Conference held in Stockholm between 16th and 18th of May.

Aim of the conference was the empowerment of the organizations working in the field of inter-religious dialogue as well as the strengthening of their network. Participants from different religions and nationalities have attended the 3-days event, representing a number of organizations from the UK, France and Sweden. Most of them work in the field for quite a long time and have experience in promoting diversity and tolerance in multicultural societies.

Identifying the Role of Media in Conflicts PDF Print

Published: 14 May 2014

Region: Worldwide

INFOCOREMedia Diversity Institute (MDI) participates in the new international collaborative research, INFOCORE (Informing Conflict Prevention, Response and Resolution) aiming to analyse the role of media in violent conflict.

The project will investigate in a three years period the role that media play in the emergence or prevention, the escalation or de-escalation, the management and reconciliation of conflicts in three main regions: the Middle East, the West Balkans and the African Great Lakes area.

Egyptian Journalists Awarded by MDI PDF Print

Published: 14 May 2014

Country: Egypt

MDI_Awards_JournalismEvery country is full of stories untold, problems unreported and people who have never been given the chance to have their voices heard.

Twelve young journalists in Egypt searched and discovered such stories and succeeded in bringing to the surface some of the biggest problems that Egyptian people have to deal with and the media continue to ignore.  And they have been awarded for that, after participating in the Media Diversity Institute’s Journalism Contest.

MDI Story of a Syrian Refugee in Morocco PDF Print

Published: 8 May 2014

Country: Morocco, Casablanca

Syrian_Refugees_in_MoroccoIt was a surprise quotation. “I ran away from death but have ended up in misery and humiliation; and this is worse.” The words were spoken by Naji, a proud Syrian refugee who arrived in Casablanca, Morocco five months ago.

Naji’s story was found and told by Abderrahim Tourani, one of 13 journalists who attended a five-day diversity reporting workshop in Casablanca, organised by the Media Diversity Institute between 24 and 28 March 2014.

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