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South Sudanese journalists trained to give a voice to the voiceless PDF Print

Posted: 3 December 2010/Region: Juba, South Sudan

Sixteen journalists from across South Sudan received training at a workshop organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and its local partner, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), in Juba, South Sudan, between 24 November and 3 December 2010. The ten day Inclusive Journalism training course was lead by Sorious Samura, acclaimed British-Sierra Leonean documentary film maker, and Albino Okeny Olak, an experienced South Sudanese editor and communications specialist for the World Bank.

Indonesian Journalism Academics to teach Reporting Diversity Courses PDF Print

jakartaDate: November 2010

Country: Indonesia

With support from the Open Society Foundation, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) organised a Reporting Diversity Curricula Development Workshop for 17 journalism academics from 7 universities across Java, between 10-13 November 2010. UK academics from universities such as Cardiff and Westminster demonstrated theory and practice based modules that they use to teach topics such as ‘Media and Religion’, ‘Media and Gender’, ‘Media and Diaspora’ or ‘Media and Diversity’.

Participants were most interested in the inter-active exercises that were demonstrated, which are still a rarity as a method used by Indonesian academics. “Most of the courses at our journalism and communication departments are still very theory-based, and not very much in tune with time”, said Dr Ade Armando, the workshop moderator, who teaches at Paramadina University. This was also one of the reasons why MDI brought editors from leading Indonesian media outlets to tell the academics what kind of reporters they need in their newsrooms.

Media coverage of the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan PDF Print

Posted: 17 November 2010tv1

Location: Azerbaijan & Worldwide

“All nationwide TV channels [in Azerbaijan] allotted much more airtime to the ruling YAP chairman, President Ilham Aliyev, rather than election issues and activities of registered candidates…” – excerpt from the Azerbaijan media coverage report.

As part of its Action plan to support the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan in 2010, the Council of Europe organised monitoring of the media coverage of the election campaign.

Iraqi and Palestinian Refugee Issues addressed at workshop for Syrian Journalists PDF Print

Dates: 25-27 October 2010syria01

Country: Syria

At a three-day workshop, held 25-27 October 2010 in Damascus, some 30 reporters discussed with representatives from the UNHCR the obstacles Iraqi and Palestinian refugees face in their everyday lives in Syria. The purpose of the course was to help journalists develop their professional skills to better represent the issues of refugees in Syria through fair, well-researched and sensitive coverage; and to develop ideas for features that will offer the Syrian public fuller and more accurate information on refugees in their country.

The workshop was organised by the Media Diversity Institute with the support of the UNHCR in Syria. Two prominent trainers, Abdelouahhab Errami, Professor at the prestigious ISIC Moroccan Journalism Institute and Thabet Al Salem, a leading Syrian media consultant and journalist, used inter-active exercises, films and guest speakers in order to convince the trainees that it is important to cover refugees issues sensitively and that their deeply moving stories are very newsworthy.

Azerbaijan: Free Expression under Attack PDF Print

Posted: 22 October 2010azerimap

Location: Azerbaijan & Worldwide 

Media Diversity Institute  and nine other press freedom organisations have sent a joint letter to President Ilham Aliev voicing deep concern about former newspaper editor Eynulla Fatullayev’s continuing detention, which the European Court of Human Rights regards as a violation of his rights and Azerbaijan’s international legal obligations.

Also, ahead of Azerbaijan’s upcoming Parliamentary elections, Media Diversity Institute is joining ten other organisations in launching a new report titled Free Expression under Attack: Azerbaijan’s Deteriorating Media Environment.

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