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Women Seldom a Topic in Political Shows in Morocco, MDI Study Shows PDF Print

Date: 8 March 2016

Country: Morocco

Morocco_8_March_Study_Event_UK_Ambassador_and_Mounia_BelafiaGathering more than 200 media decision makers, journalists, editors, directors of public media services, diplomats and international experts, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has presented results of The Image of Women in the Moroccan Media in the Run-up to and During Local and Regional Elections 2015 study. In her opening speech at the event held on the International Women’s Day in Rabat, the UK Ambassador to Morocco Karen Betts said she is pleased that through British funding MDI has been able to help empower Moroccan and Mauritanian women. “The project has made an important contribution to raising the profile of women who ran in recent local, regional and provincial elections in Morocco,” said Ambassador Betts. She has mentioned other MDI achievements on social cohesion and diversity in the region such as the Dune Voices website.

Presenting results of monitoring done by MDI and its partners ISIC Alumni and AEF (Association of Women Start), Dr. Abdelouahhab Errami said that most of Moroccan media considered women to be voters rather than actors in political processes such were elections 2015. “Our Study shows that women’s issues are only tackled during specialized programs for women, cooking or talk shows. In political shows on TV and radio, women would only appear as guests and rarely women’s issues would be a topic of a serious debate,” said Dr. Errami.

Presentation of "The Image of Women in Moroccan Media" Study PDF Print

Date: 8 March 2016

Country: Morocco, Rabat

Morocco_Women_Media_Study_CoverThe Media Diversity Institute will present results of the study “The Image of Women in the Moroccan Media in the Run-up to and During Local and Regional Elections 2015” on the International Women’s Day, 8 March. The event will take place in Rabat and it will be open by the UK Ambassador to Morocco, Ms Karen Betts.

Amongst speakers are Monia Belafia from the International Federation of Journalists and Vice President of the UNESCO World Alliance for Gender and Media, Bouchra Bouarara from the High Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HACA), as well as the Mauritanian journalist Maimouna Saleck who won the prestigious Anna Lindh Foundation Award last month.

MDI Joins the No Hate Speech Movement PDF Print

Published: 29 February 2016

Region: Europe

nohate2The Media Diversity Institute has joined the No Hate Speech Movement, the Council of Europe campaign against expressions of hate speech online in all forms, especially against young people.

Together with the No Hate Speech Movement, the MDI will raise awareness about hate speech online, promote media literacy and mobilise, train and network online youth activists for human rights.

The MDI project ‘Get the Trolls Out’ has linked up with the No Hate Speech Movement campaign to denounce antisemitic hate speech, a focus area of the campaign in the coming years. This project, run by the Media Diversity Institute in partnership with four other organisations in Europe,  counters antisemitic speech by exposing misinformation and promoting accurate, balanced and inclusive messages about Jews.

The Foreign Students of the Mahadhra in Mauritania courted by Jihadists PDF Print

This is the Anna Lindh award-winning article by Meimouna Saleck that was published on Dune Voices in 2015

Mauritania_Mahadhras_MaimounaThe Mauritanian Mahadhra, formerly known as the universities of the desert, defined also as traditional Quranic schools, are suspected of fuelling radical and extremist groups, regionally and internationally.

Abu Yahya al-Libi, Bechir El-Magribi Abu Bacir Al-Libi, Abu Seyaff El-Tounissi, Iyad Ag Ghali, Aaron Yoon, Ali Medlej, Xristos Katsiroubas Maxime Hauchard (alias Abu Abdallah al Faransi) are names that made big headlines.

They came to Mauritania to study in the Mahadhra. Their names fuel the hypothesis that Mauritanian mosques and Mahadhra are incubators of jihadism.

MDI to Combat Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Brussels PDF Print

Date: 25 February 2016

Region: Europe

MDI_Antisemitisam_Islamophobia_European_ParliamentIn the past few years antisemitic incidents have risen in Europe, culminating in fatal terrorist attacks against Jewish citizens. Parallel to this, anti-Muslim hatred in the form of serious verbal and physical violence against Muslims has also increased.

The media have often fuelled this type of discrimination against the two communities by promoting prejudices and spreading misleading information. If websites and social media are the main platforms to share content on Jewish conspiracy theories, Holocaust denial, and Jew’s demonization, it is not rare to encounter forms of islamophobia on mainstream media and tabloids.

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