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Is the Media Response to Sexual Assaults Colour-Blind? PDF Print

Published: 22 December 2017

Country: United States

by Angelo Boccato

Burke_Me_TooThe “Me Too” movement has led to a change in the media approach towards sexual harassment allegations against men in position of power, but it has also exposed the lack, or a different standard of representation of black women who have denounced sexual harassment.

While the #MeToo hashtag was launched on Twitter in October 2017 by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the actual movement was founded back in 2006 by a black activist Tarana Burke. Although Burke was included in the story Person of the Year: “The Silence Breakers” by the TIME, she was omitted from the magazine’s cover.

 
‘New Normal’ on Reporting Migration in Italian Media PDF Print

 

Published: 12 December 2017

Country: Italy

By Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2017-12-13_at_08.31.41In the current human rights crisis, migrants and refugees are not only victims of wars, wrong policies, smugglers’ greed, but often they are attacked, accused and discriminated by some media, mostly tabloids and right-wing publications.  On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has looked closely on the situation in Italy where, as Father Abba Mussie Zerai pointed out, it is possible to find different samples of the ‘new normal’ racist rhetoric.

Right-wing daily newspapers such as Il Giornale and Libero frequently publish inflammatory stories on migrants and refugees using expressions such as influx, invasion etc. Some of them label migrants as mad based on a research examining what kind of impact long journeys and violence can have on psyche and body of refugees and asylum seekers.

 
Trump's Retweets of Anti-Muslim Videos Stirred Up the Media PDF Print

Published: 7 December 2017

Country: UK

Donald_Trump“Retweets don't equal endorsements". Although used by many, this disclaimer does not take away the responsibility for what is said and done in the public sphere. The latter includes Twitter, Facebook and every other social media platform. But in case of Donald Trump who recently retweeted three anti-Muslim videos, the responsibility is not only on him. The responsibility for promoting or rather allowing hate speech, inflammatory content and messages that can spark violence and hatred, rest with Twitter too.

When the President of the United States promoted Britain First by retweeting its videos to 44 million followers, this far-right organisation was little known outside of the UK. After the President’s online move, Britain First claimed that it received hundreds of new members. Apart from boosting the far-right organisation’s membership and causing the online row with Theresa May who condemned this “hateful organisation”, Trump’s move has had, as the Guardian concluded, “the rare effect of uniting almost the entire British establishment in horror”.

 
The Role of the Media in Rohingya Crisis PDF Print

Published: 30 November

Country: Myanmar

Screen_Shot_2017-11-30_at_08.40.08When large crisis such as the one affecting Rohingya people in Myanmar occur, the role of both international and local media is essential. One of the factors to be taken into account is the lack of access to the people and areas affected. Also political pressures and state of freedom of expression in Myanmar play a big role when it comes to the reporting of local media.

In August Rohingya militant group ARSA attacked several police posts and ever since then, Myanmar’s army has targeted the Rohingya community in Myanmar. According to Amnesty International, “more than 530,000 Rohingya men, women and children have fled northern Rakhine State in terror in a matter of weeks amid the Myanmar security forces’ targeted campaign of widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning.” Over 1000 people have been killed in the conflict thus far. The Rohingya Muslim community has endured hardship from the Myanmar government for years; the government has denied the ethnic group citizenship and they often face discrimination from the majority-Buddhist country. According to Amnesty International, they are “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world”. What is happening now has been declared as ethnic cleansing by the United Nations.

 
MDI Contributes to the Journal for Applied Journalism PDF Print

Published: 23 November 2017

Region: Worldwide

Screen_Shot_2017-11-23_at_07.44.24“I’ve never interviewed ordinary people. We use them only in vox pops.” This is what an experienced Moroccan radio journalist declared during a Media Diversity Institute training programme a few years ago. The statement which reflects the unfortunate tendency in many countries MDI have worked in -  journalists speaking mainly to government officials and report mostly official news - is a title of an article in the October issue of the Journal for Applied Journalism and Media Studies (AJMS), entirely devoted to the issue of inclusive journalism.

 
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