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Photoshop versus History PDF Print


Altering images to adapt reality to suit ideological needs or interests has been a widespread practice before Photoshop even existed. Historic photographs cannot always be trusted: their apparent role as witnesses through the ages make them accepted as pieces of evidence when they are not. They reflect a scene often set up artificially, and always edited or angled, far more than actual reality. The reality is modified to fit the goals of interest groups, so photographs tell more about who manipulated them to serve a certain purpose than about the event itself.

World Press Freedom Day provides opportunity for debate in South Sudan PDF Print

MDI-GOSS MOIPublished: 13 May 2011

Region: South Sudan & Worldwide

By Paul Jimbo

The 3rd May is the date set aside annually to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. This date was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year, deep in the African continent, in the fledgling state of Southern Sudan; journalists, media practitioners, government officials, and representatives from international organizations and civil society, gathered in a small hotel room to join the rest of the world in marking this important occassion. The event was organized with the support of Norwegian People’s Aid and the Media Diversity Institute.

Cairo violence proves need for MDI course on reporting religion PDF Print

violence in CairoPosted: 10 May 2011

Region: Egypt

Twelve people were reportedly killed and 180 wounded in clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo on 7 May 2011. A Coptic church in the Imbaba neighborhood was burned down after rumors, which turned out to be false, that a Christian woman was being held inside the church and prevented from converting to Islam.

It’s this kind of event that eleven young journalists were trained to report on during a five-day course in Cairo, run by the Media Diversity Institute, just a week before the tragic events unfolded.  The training was designed to help the participants develop their skills in reporting on religion. Three days of teaching, debate and discussion in the classroom were designed to help them explore, understand and discuss the issues and possible tensions around reporting the full range of religions and beliefs in Egypt.

A Wedding and a New 'We' PDF Print

GH royal wed diversityPublished: 6 May 2011

Country: UK & Wordwide

Gary Hermann for the Media Diversity Institute

A few weeks ago, on 17 March, the third British-German Islam conference took place in London. The conference was entitled 'Beyond Multiculturalism: Islam in Europe and Euro-Islam'  and was organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung together with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the German Embassy and the Democracy and Islam Programme at the University of Westminster.

“Fifty Fatullayevs” outside London Embassy demanded release of jailed Azerbaijani journalist PDF Print

EFP22Published: 20 April 2011

Country: UK & Azerbaijan

Media Diversity Institute representatives together with  Amnesty International UK, ARTICLE 19, English PEN & Index on Censorship representatives joined a protest outside the Azerbaijani Embassy wearing masks bearing the face of jailed journalist Eynulla Fatullayev. The demonstration marks the fourth anniversary of Azerbaijani journalist Fatullayev’s wrongful imprisonment.

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