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MDI in Mauritania: Strenghtening Civil Society PDF Print

Dates: 7 – 9 December 2016

Country: Mauritania

Screen_Shot_2016-01-15_at_18.20.06Fahmy Mint El Alem is a student at the University of Nouakchott, Mauritania. Even though she says she is occupied with her studies, she dedicates her time to two civil society oraganisations in the West African country. One of organisations Fahmy is active in, is fighting for the rights of prisoners. The other CSO is campaigning for better conditions for women and girls living with cancer.

"People we are working with have reduced visibility and live in very specific circumstances. That is one of the reasons why I wanted to learn how to get attention of the media and make them write about problems of prisoners and seriously ill women,” says Mint after attending the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) workshop in Nouakchott, on 7 – 9 December 2015.

Reporting Different Religions and Diversity in Morocco PDF Print

Dates: 4 – 6 December 2015

Country: Morocco

King_Mohamed_V_Morocco“There are no Jews in Morocco. There are only Moroccan subjects.” This is how Moroccan king Mohammed V apparently responded to the Vichy regime during the Second World War which held power in North Africa. His protective position of the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world at that moment has become legendary.  Although the number of Jews in Morocco significantly decreased in decades after the war, going from more than 250.000 to 2.500, participants of a workshop held in December in Casablanca wanted to know why there are no articles or TV and radio programmes about the Jewish heritage in their country.

The workshop was organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in partnership with DAMIR, a Moroccan organisation promoting freedom of conscience and belief. DAMIR gathers some of the biggest names in Morocco - intellectuals, journalists and artists, and it is led by Salah El Ouadie, a poet and human rights advocate.

Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories Link Jews with Paris Attacks PDF Print

Published: 22 December 2015

Region: Europe

Soldiers_on_patrol_in_Jewish_quarter_in_ParisConspiracy theories linking Jews and Israel with Paris attacks and the refugee crisis have been emerging in social media, the media monitoring of the MDI project Get the Trolls Out! reveals.

Not only users on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook spread antisemitic ideas, but Get the Trolls Out team has reported on some politicians and public officials in Europe who have been recorded expressing publicly antisemitic conspiracy theories.

MDI Trainee Broke a Story on Salt Fraud PDF Print

Published: 16 december 2015

Country: Egypt

Hanaa_EgyptHanaa Abu El-Ezz is 28-year old journalist from Egypt who broke a story on salt fraud and its bad impact on people’s health. Hanaa, who was a trainee of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), proved that salt distributed in villages around Alexandria contains impurities, dust and heavy metals. It has been distributed to people who were not aware of the risk.

Hanaa wrote this story as a result of a joint NGO-Media cooperation project organised by MDI.  Not only that her story got a great publicity, but Hanaa has won an award of excellence in health issue from Alexandria's Press Syndicate.

“I was surprised that my superiors admired my report about salt fraud to the extent that they dedicated two thirds of the page for it. Many people commented on online version of my article while my friends and family asked me how I could differentiate the hygienic salt from the bad one. No one knew about this matter at all. Even my mother had bought different types of salts to make me choose the safe one,” says Hanaa.

MDI at the first SEE Media and Disability Conference PDF Print

Dates: 4-5 December 2015

Region: South-East Europe

Screen_Shot_2015-12-13_at_09.26.32‘However the media in the region portray our community, media are not first to blame, but the state, the educators and religious leaders. The media is the reflection of doings or non-doings by these three,’ said Dragisa Sikimic, Chief Editor of, an online magazine in Bosnia and Herzegovina describing how most of the media in the Western Balkans report on people with disabilities.

At the first regional conference on the topic, held in Belgrade on 4 - 5 December, MDI Western Balkans Executive Director Ivana Jelaca focused on good practices by the media and CSOs across the world.

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