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Moroccan radio journalists explore diversity issues PDF Print

TRPMar10hallwayPosted: April 8, 2010

Country: Morocco

“As a journalist, having to report objectively, isn’t it like being deprived of freedom?” asked one of the participants of the Inclusive Journalism radio training course organised by the Media Diversity Institute, in Marrakech, Morocco, at the end of March 2010.

That central question set the tone for a week of lively discussions on diversity issues, inclusive journalism, prejudices in the media, how to give a say to those who are usually ignored, what is the role of journalists in society and more importantly what are their responsibilities.  Journalism ethics is of course a perfect academic topic, but it has only a limited value if it is not put into practice.

The course participants were asked to confront their own prejudices – an enriching but sometimes unpleasant process – by meeting representatives of civil society organisations and by producing topical radio features of their choice which had to include “real people” and cover as many angles as possible.

 
The Media & Civil Society debate ‘Islam and Radicalization’ in Morocco PDF Print

RT_250310_Milica_GhaffarDate: 25 March 2010

Country: Morocco

At a roundtable discussion, organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), in Morocco on 25 March 2010, the media, academics & intellectuals debated the subject of ‘Islam and Radicalization’. The event was organised in cooperation with Nawafid Cultural Magazine.

The event was opened by Milica Pesic, MDI executive director, who explained MDI’s objective of encouraging fair, accurate, inclusive and sensitive media coverage in order to promote understanding between different groups and cultures. She also introduced the MDI project in Morocco and explained that organizing events such as this roundtable discussion encouraged open discussion that aimed at creating an atmosphere of communication and understanding.

 
Young Egyptian journalists study media & diversity in the UK PDF Print

EgyptLondonGuardianFour young Egyptian journalists participated in a conference and study tour exploring inclusive journalism, between 24-27 February 2010, in London. The event, organised by the Media Diversity Institute, called “Inclusive Media for Inclusive Societies” was part of a two year programme to support a more responsible and inclusive media in Egypt, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The opening session included a keynote speech by Lesley Abdela MBE, UK Woman Political Journalist of the year 2009, and a panel debate on how responsible and inclusive the British media is, particularly in relation to coverage of the Middle East & North Africa and the Muslim community in the UK. The panellists included Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi, Director of Arab Media Watch, Nick Carter from the Society of Editors, James Brandon, from the Quilliam Foundation, and Professor Robert Pinker from the Press Complaints Commission.

EgyptLondonChannel4The 4-day event also included visits to media organisations such as the BBC Diversity Department, Channel 4 Television, and the Guardian newspaper, as well as leading NGOs such as Article 19 and Index on Censorship.

 
Training course for Moroccan radio journalists PDF Print

Dates: 29 March - 2 April 2010

Location: Marrakech, Morocco

The Media Diversity Institute is organising a 5 day production-oriented training course for young Moroccan radio journalists. The course will be run by Jean-Michel Duffrene, Editor at the BBC French for Africa Service, and Safi Naciri, Editor in Chief at Moroccan SNRT National Radio. Participants will be trained in the production of stories designed to give a voice to Moroccan citizens whose voices are not usually heard in the Moroccan media.  Applicants must work for a radio station in Morocco, commit to produce a short radio piece by the end of the course, and broadcast the story on their radio station.  The course will be conducted in French. The best trainees will be invited to visit the UK. For more information or to apply for the course please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Moroccan editors study media & diversity in the UK PDF Print

MDMCFeb10Ch4a2Twenty two of Morocco’s leading media owners and editors gathered in London on 25-26 February 2010, to attend a conference and study tour exploring Inclusive Journalism.

The event, organised by the Media Diversity Institute, called “Inclusive Media for Inclusive Societies” is part of a two year programme to support a more responsible and inclusive media in Morocco, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The opening session included a keynote speech by Lesley Abdela MBE, UK Woman Political Journalist of the year 2009, and a panel debate on how responsible and inclusive the British media is, particularly in relation to coverage of the Middle East & North Africa and the Muslim community in the UK. The panellists included Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi, Director of Arab Media Watch, Nick Carter from the Society of Editors, James Brandon, from the Quilliam Foundation, and Professor Robert Pinker from the Press Complaints Commission.

The two-day event also included visits to the BBC Diversity Department, BBC Arabic Service, Channel 4 Television, and the Guardian newspaper.

 
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