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Unique MA Diversity and the Media Combines Theory and Practice PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2016

Country: UK

by Roxane Biedermann

Ma_students_2The number of students attending the MA in Diversity and the Media in 2016/17 at the Westminster University has tripled.  Twenty four students attend the course, designed and set up in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI). From year to year, this unique MA course is changing, mostly following new trends in journalism, communication and the media. Also, this year there are new lecturers such as a filmmaker Rani Khanna teaching “Reporting Diversity: Gender, Sexuality, Age, Disability” module.

Professor Roza Tsagarousianou, who is in charge of the course, says there are numerous reasons why students express big interest in diversity in the media and related issues. “They know why they came”, says Tsagarousianou.

 
Bans on Holocaust Denial Don’t help Jews PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2016

Region: Worldwide

by professor Eric Heinze*

Holocaust_memorialI’d rather not think about how horrible Germany would be’, exclaimed Stephan J. Kramer, General Secretary of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, ‘if Holocaust denial were lawful’. What else could he say? The Holocaust had almost extinguished Germany’s Jewish community.  Numbers have revived since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but remain tiny.

To be clear, German law provides iron-clad guarantees for free speech.  For decades, the range and quality of the country’s print and broadcast media have been second to none, noticeably superior in breadth and depth to those of English-speaking nations.  Notwithstanding the bogus scientific façade, however, Holocaust denial is unequivocally hate speech, as research has repeatedly shown.

 
Media Literacy as the Prerequisite for Active Citizenship PDF Print

Date: 27 September 2016

Country: Macedonia

Screen_Shot_2016-10-01_at_12.17.22The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has co-organised a conference “Media literacy as the prerequisite for active citizenship” held on 27 September in Skopje, Macedonia. At the conference representatives of relevant institutions, non-governmental sector, education sector and the media, raised numerous questions about Media and Information literacy (MIL) in Macedonia, as well as about the roles of different stakeholders. One of the key conclusions was that MIL has to be integrated in the school curriculum.

“The media also should educate and interact with the audience while active civil society has a role to promote concept of active citizenship, be a source of information for citizens and implement non formal education programmes in the sphere of MIL,” concluded participants at the conference in Skopje.  ‘Media literacy in Macedonia: missing tool for active citizenship’ study was launched at the event.

 
MDI Launches the Guide on Countering Hate Speech Online PDF Print

Date: 22 July 2016

Region: Europe

Stopping_HateThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) within its project Get the Trolls Out published the guide “Stopping Hate: How to Counter Hate Speech on Twitter?” The guide contains useful tips and advice for both civil society organisations and individuals and it was produced and promoted with collaboration with Twitter.

The Guide is available in 4 languages (English, French, Hungarian, and Greek).

 
MDI at the Global Minority Rights Summer School PDF Print

Dates: 10 – 16 July 2016

Country: Hungary, Budapest

Ivana_Jelaca_at_TLI_Summer_SchoolAre minority rights still relevant? Participants of the 4th Global Minority Rights Summer School in Budapest tried to find the answers. They examined legislation and policies to protect minority rights worldwide, while the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Ivana Jelaca highlighted the role of the media. Jelaca claimed that not only the existence of minority media is necessary, but the minorities have to be included and represented in the mainstream media too.

At the Summer School organised by Tom Lantos Institute in Budapest, participants coming from all over Europe, discussed terminological definitions of ‘minorities’ as well as the differences between human rights, minority rights and indigenous people’s rights.

 
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