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Egyptian journalists give voice to the voiceless PDF Print

Posted: 4 January 2010

Egypt TRP disability picCountry: Egypt

With the help of the Media Diversity Institute, young Egyptian journalists are making a mark in the country’s over-crowded media market by producing stories usually ignored by more well established reporters.  They look for marginalized individuals and communities believing ‘every person has a story to tell’, and are also convinced that every voice matters.

Over the last two months, 10 young reporters from different newspapers - including Al-Ahram daily and weekly, Watani, El-Dostor, El-Wafd, El-Massry El-Youm, El-Youm El-Sabei, and El-Osbou - took part in a training course organised by the Media Diversity Institute. During the course, they debated the reasons for inclusive reporting, the ethical issues around diversity coverage and produced the stories covering issues such as disability, women’s rights and refugees (the articles can be downloaded below).  The majority of the articles have already been published in the participating newspapers. More than 150 reporters applied to take part.  This is the second such training course provided by MDI in Egypt, supported by the UK Embassy in Cairo. For further information contact Email With Border v1.6

 MDI Egypt Articles Nov 2009.pdf

 
First regional debate on the Media and Regionalization in Morocco held in Marrakesh PDF Print

Date: 19 December 2009

Marra RTCountry: Morocco

The intellectual journal 'Nawafid' together with the UK-based Media Diversity Institute (MDI) invited around 30 leading professionals from the world of law, media, education and civil society to participate in a discussion on 'The Media and Regionalization in Morocco', held in Marrakesh on 19 December 2009.

The event was opened by former Moroccan Minister of Education, Prof Abdellah Saaf. Fifteen participants provided further comment. One key theme in the debate was the question on how far the local authorities had been consulted to ensure they were ready to accept increased responsibility and whether the decentralization process was genuine or a further form of central control.

 
MAGREB CIVIL SOCIETY TRAINED IN STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS PDF Print

Date: 16-18 December 2009

Marra CSO2Country: Morocco

Over 25 civil society activists from four Maghreb countries attended a three-day seminar on strategic communications in Marrakesh in December.

The seminar was organized by the London-based Media Diversity Institute, as part of a two-year responsible journalism pilot project in Morocco. The international activists included a wide range of civil society groups including human rights lawyers from Algeria, family planning and disability specialists from Tunisia, and anti-corruption and NGO support organizations from Mauritania.

The Moroccan organizations were primarily from local civil society associations in and around Marrakech, Tahenaout, Ouarzazate, Souira and Tata. Many of these organizations were planning events in the coming weeks, or had experienced problems in getting their messages across to a wide variety of audiences. One CSO based 75 kilometers outside Ouarzazate was attempting to convince men in 10 remote villages on the benefits of allowing their wives and daughters to read, with great success. One activist shared her problems in persuading a Maghreb Minister of Education to accept and act upon physical abuse against children in schools. By working with the activist through the communication tools, international trainer Tim Wiliams reworked the approach so that the activist could approach the minister again with more achievable objectives, which would ultimately move her towards her goals.

 
TV programme on Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan PDF Print

Date:  28 October – 6 November 2009

Region/Country: Azerbaijan

Ten TV journalists from Azerbaijan worked together to produce a TV programme in Baku, with the support of the Media Diversity Institute. The training was led by Nick Nugent, from the BBC, and Gulu Maharramli, from Azerbaijan. Participants came from Sheki, Lenkoran, Khachmaz, Mingachevir as well as Baku. The programme included a debate on Freedom of Expression for all in Azerbaijan. The training is part of the project 'Enhancing freedom of expression and media capacity in Azerbaijan' which MDI is working on together with Article 19 and Yeni Nesil.

 
Young Moroccan Journalists trained in Inclusive Journalism PDF Print

Date:  2-4 November 2009

Morocco IJW Nov09Region/Country: Morocco

Young journalists in Morocco participated in a 3 day workshop on Inclusive Journalism, between 2-4 November 2009. The course was organized by the Media Diversity Institute and run by Richard Cookson, a journalist working for UK TV Channel 4, and Moroccan journalist Mounia Belafia, who contributes to France 24. Topics discussed included: the importance of giving voices to all segments of society, not only the mainstream; the importance of alternative sources (not only official ones); basic principles of reporting diversity; managing prejudice, avoiding stereotypes and the use of language; and the importance of building bridges with civil society.

 
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