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From Polarisation to Pluralisation - Celebration of Diversity at the University of Lebanon PDF Print

Date: 5 December 2014

Country: Lebanon, Beirut

Beirut_Conference‘We have all the reasons to celebrate diversity. Historically, Lebanon has been the place where dozens of cultures, religions, ethnic groups and languages have met, mixed and influenced each other’ – said Dr Adnan Sayyed Hussein, President of the University of Lebanon, opening a conference held in Beirut on 5th of December.

The event marked the end of a two-year project called “Towards an Inclusive and Responsible Media in Lebanon”, run by the Media Diversity Institute and its Lebanese partner the Maharat Foundation, an organisation working on building a more democratic society through freedom of expression.

 
Rage or Race - US Media on Ferguson PDF Print

Published: 29 November

Country: US

Ferguson_PoliceThe majority of the media describe the situation in Ferguson, Missouri as a warzone, a place of fires and chaos, riots, looting and destruction. The Grand Jury recently dropped the charges against the police officer who shot Michael Brown, a black teenager, and since then the protests in Ferguson have been dominating the US media, but many accused the mainstream media of giving too much prominence to the potential for violence and not enough to the decision itself. There are not so many media outlets which provided the context without stigmatising the black community by connecting them primarily with violence on the streets of Ferguson and a destruction of the city.

Young black Americans turned to #BlackTwitter to provide their own version of the truth.

 
MDI US Head of Operations at Columbia University PDF Print

Published: 29 November 2014

Countries: US, Serbia, Montenegro

Milka_Tadic_and_Marija_Sajkas_in_front_of_the_Columbia_University“The fall is coming, so the good housewives would do better if they return to the kitchen” – this comment was made by a Serbian politician Branko Ruzic talking about his female political opponent. Public remarks like this one were recently discussed at Columbia University in New York City, where MDI’s Director of Development and Operations Marija Sajkas was a guest speaker together with Milka Tadic Mijovic, U.S. correspondent of Montenegrin independent weekly “Monitor”.

 
2+2=5? The Misleading Media Interpretation of Immigration Data PDF Print

Published: 26 November 2014

Country: UK

by Dafina Halili

ImmigrationFor some of the British media, 2+2 does not always equal 4. The differences in reading the data and statistics related to migration is a chronic problem of the UK press. In the case of the latest study on the economic impact of migration to Britain, published by CReAM, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College London (UCL), some of the tabloids and conservative press twisted the findings and turned them from positive into negative ones.

 
From Newsroom Diversity to News Diversity PDF Print

Dates: 17 – 21 November 2014

Country: Lebanon

Journalism_Students_in_Lebanon‘Why is the religion of George Clooney’s wife important to the media?’ ‘Why do the British media see all Muslims as terrorists?’ ‘Why is diversity so often a dividing instead of unifying factor?’ These were some of the questions posed by journalism students from five Lebanese universities who attended a ‘Reporting Religion’ workshop in Beirut conducted by MDI trainers.

The workshop attracted 40 students from different years and courses, as well as from different gender and religious backgrounds. Most of the discussions were around very practical issues such as what to do about hate speech used by public figures or what is the best way to source a story on sensitive religious issues.

 
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