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Invisible Children of Algerian Terrorists PDF Print

Dates: 20 – 24 September 2014

Country: Algeria

Algeria_Workshop_Sep_2014Abd El Djebbar was born in the mountainous region of Sétif in North-East Algeria during the “Black Decade” – the devastating conflict between Muslim extremists and government forces that tore the country apart in the 1990s and killed some 200,000 Algerians.  “Abd was the son of Islamist guerillas, born in the ‘maquis’.  He is now 18. He doesn’t share his parents’ beliefs - in fact he has condemned them - but he is rejected everywhere he goes, he has no place in society and no future. He is suicidal,” says Zakaria Fetnaci, a young Algerian journalist from Constantine who was participating in five-day course on Reporting Diversity in Algiers.

Zakaria, along with other journalists on the course, was pitching his story to the demanding editor-in-chief of El Watan, well-respected independent French-language newspaper in Algeria.  The journalists were given an intensive training by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), on 20 – 24 September 2014 in Algiers. Journalist, coming from newspapers and online magazines, were trained in how to write stories about the diverse groups who make up Algerian society, but whose voices are seldom heard in the Algerian media.

MDI to partner with Chinese University PDF Print

Date: 30 September 2014

Country: China, Guangzhou

Screen_Shot_2014-10-06_at_16.12.19Sun Yat-Sen University based in the capital of the most economically prosperous Chinese province, Guangdong, and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) are to develop a joint Inclusive Journalism and Social Harmony Programme aimed at encouraging a culture and forum among the region’s media actors, journalism educators and civil society organizations, that will build awareness and capacity for greater social and cultural inclusion through responsible reporting on the region’s diversity.

The partnership agreement was made during a two day visit by a MDI representative to the flourishing university, known for owning the world's fastest supercomputer Tianhe-2, worth almost half a million US dollars, as well as having the largest affiliated hospital system in China. Its School of Communication and Design is also the first university in China to establish a Civil Communication Research Center.

MDI joins UNESCO Media Literacy Global Alliance PDF Print

Date: 27 - 28 September 2014

Country:  China

Screen_Shot_2014-10-06_at_08.09.54"The world would be lost without information and intercultural dialogue would be impossible without the sharing of that information. This is where the importance of the media comes in". These were the introductory words of Dr Liu Binjie, the Dean of the Journalism School at Tsinghua University. The Beijing-based university was this year’s host of the UNESCO and UN Alliance of Civilisation’s  Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and Intercultural Dialogue Conference.

On 27 and 28  September, more than 200 Chinese and international participants exchanged experience in teaching and promoting critical thinking related to the media, and presented their research on either use of media or media content and discussed ways forward.

MDI hosts debate on Media & Security in Tunisia PDF Print

Published: 24 September 2014

Country: Tunisia

Screen_Shot_2014-10-06_at_08.12.03Top security spokespersons from the UK, USA and Tunisia shared 24 September their experience with the leading Tunisian media actors and media regulators in a one-day roundtable debate which attracted substantial media coverage.

How to report on security issues, conflict and extremism was the topic of the second in a series of MDI’s broader multi-stakeholder debates that are part of the project ‘Responsible and Free Reporting on Security Issues in Tunisia’. The event was organised in partnership with the National Union of Journalists of Tunisia, whose president Néji Bghouri welcomed the guests by calling for the introduction of a code of ethics to guide reporters in covering such issues. ‘We are very proud that the Revolution brought us Freedom of Expression. But, with the freedom comes responsibility’, said Bghouri. ‘For the time being we ask journalists to at least be cautious when approaching covering security issues; which terminology, which sources to use, how to check them. But, a more systematic approach is needed’.

MDI US Head of Operations: Reporting during Campaigns PDF Print

Published: 16 September 2014

Country:  US, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Marija_Sajkas_BiHSome of the common narratives used to describe women in the U.S. media, especially if they are holding some of the high ranked positions, are “sensible” and “more capable to make compromise”. When talking about the U.S. media and the presidential elections, one of the examples are Hillary Clinton who is presently supported and attacked in the U.S. media not so much for her political positions, but for the set of common biases.

“Her supporters are reminding us that it is a high time to elect the first women president, but are pundits opposing her presidential nomination because she is ‘cold’ and ‘too emotional’, as well as for her sex and the age”, said Marija Sajkas, Head of Development and Operations of MDI U.S. office at the Media Academy 2014 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was one of the expert speakers examining fair and balanced media reporting.

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