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Remembering the Night of Broken Glass PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2015

Region: Worldwide

Kristallnacht_1938On this day 77 years ago, mass violence against Jews broke out across Germany. Many were killed. Thousands of Jewish shops in Berlin and throughout Germany were devastated and thousands of windows were broken. That is why 9 November 1938 is known as Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass.

The team behind Get the Trolls Out, a project against antisemitism in the media led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), is marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht by mobilising its partners across Europe, publishing articles and cartoons as a reminder to stand up against antisemitism today.

Dune Voices – A Platform for Stories about People and their Communities PDF Print

Dates: 28 September – 20 October 2015

Country: Mauritania

Mauritanian_FishermenMauritania is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Its 754 kilometre long Atlantic seaboard is the subject of fishing agreements between Mauritania and different countries, including the EU.  The Financial Times reported that Brussels has “one of the most important fisheries agreement, both in terms of volume and product diversity” with Mauritania. However, there are not many media reports about “les pecheurs du Mauritanie (Mauritanian fishermen).  They are ordinary people who struggle to survive, not only at the ocean when they go fishing, but also in their everyday lives since most of them don’t have any social security, insurance for their boats or state pensions.  Article on Mauritanian fishermen is just one of several stories produced for the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) multimedia platform Dune Voices, during the second round of journalism training for Dune Voices reporters.

MDI in Milan: No Vocabulary to Talk about Diversity? PDF Print

Date: 9 October 2015

Country: Italy

salvini_bulldozerWith politicians wearing t-shirts with bulldozers representing the razing to the ground of Roma camps, editors vocalising on Twitter their hopes for more Mecca stampedes, and journalists labelling immigration as an “emergency” for a decade, xenophobic discourse in Italy is a problem that needs to be urgently confronted.

Still, while hate speech and hate crimes are still unknown to the majority, workers in this sector (lawyers, judges, CSOs, journalists, teachers, researchers, and engaged citizens) have to face many challenges and questions when it comes to concretely respond to incidents through the existing procedures.

MDI Supports Community Media in Serbia PDF Print

Date: 24 September 2015

Country: Serbia

Local_Press_Conference_Belgrade‘In the future journalists will need civil society organisations (CSOs) more than the other way around!’ The prediction came from Iona Avadani, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Journalism, Bucharest, who was one of the speakers at the 20th Anniversary of LocalPress, a Serbian Community Media Association (SCMA).

Experts from the Balkans and the rest of Europe heard about the hardship more than 50 newspapers, radio and TV stations, members of the SCMA, have been through over the last two decades. Equally important, the LocalPress representatives talked about the lessons learnt, the most important being that ‘common interests and values have kept us together’.

European Online Monitors against Antisemitic Speech PDF Print

Published: 11 September 2015

Region: Europe

10431494_1151897511492249_2362658954794808408_n_-_CopyWhat are the images of Judaism and Jews that you’ve been exposed to during your lifetime, and are you aware of where they come from? What are the most common myths about the Jews, and where do they originate? How to draw the line between antisemitic hate speech and legitimate criticism of Israel?

These are just a few of the issues tackled during the Training for Online Monitors against Antisemitic Hate Speech organised on the 1st and the 2nd of September in Brussels by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe as part of the Media Diversity Institute project “Get the Trolls Out!

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