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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.

Chewing on the burqa ban PDF Print


Published: 11 April 2011

Region: France & Worldwide

Gary Herman for Media Diversity Institute

On April 11, 2011, the French state introduced the ‘Burqa Ban’, criminalising the wearing of traditional Muslim full-face veils by women.

Many people find this law a mystery.

First, there’s the question of its targets.

Despite having the largest Muslim minority in Europe – around five million - the numbers of women who wear niqabs or burkas in France is tiny.  Le Monde has estimated the total at less than 400, while the Ministry of the Interior estimates 2,000. In any case, this is far fewer than the number of veil-wearers in the UK, for example, with a Muslim population less than half the size.


Women of the Egyptian Revolution PDF Print

egyptw1Published: 5 April 2011

Region: Egypt & Worldwide

Egypt is not particularly unusual in being a deeply patriarchal society, but the popular uprising earlier this year seemed about to change all that. At first, women were noticeable by their absence from the media coverage that flooded the world's screens and swamped its newspapers and magazines. The mainstream media in the West gave the impression of an exclusively male revolution. But within days - and thanks largely to new media - it became clear that women were out there in force; not just shouting for change but making it happen. That's the nature of revolutions - old oppressions are swept aside by the force of historic change and new opportunities are everywhere. At the fulcrum of revolution everything seems possible. Yet tradition and culture don't just shrink away into the past; they lurk in the dark corners and shadows of the present. In Egypt, the patriarchy survives - there are no women in the transitional government and the Muslim Brotherhood has yet to rebrand itself. While the world's media have discovered the women at the heart of the revolution, Egypt itself has slipped back into a dark age.

Media & Democratisation in Cairo PDF Print

cairo11Published: 31 March 2011

Region: Egypt & Worldwide

Rebuilding Egyptian media for a democratic future

Egypt has been hosting the first meeting since the fall of Hosni Mubarak to bring leading domestic and international journalism educators and editors together for a debate about the future of Egyptian media after the revolution.

The conference on Rebuilding Egyptian Media for a Democratic Future took place in Cairo on 30-31 March. Click here to read the Closing statement of the International Conference.

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