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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.

MDI at Metropolis Conference in the Hague PDF Print

Posted: 4 October 2010hague2

Location: Hague, Netherlands

Is telling the truth good enough reason to create negative images of minorities? Аnd what is the media’s role in promoting diversity and social cohesion?

These are some of the controversial questions Milica Pesic, Executive Director of Media Diversity Institute will be raising at this year’s Metropolis Conference in the Hague.

MDI participates in Freedom of expression mission to Azerbaijan PDF Print

Posted: 4 October 2010azeri4

Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

The Media Diversity Institute, as part of the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan, participated in a three-day freedom of expression mission to Azerbaijan from 7-9 September 2010, during which the Patnership Group  met with journalists, civil society activists, and government officials, and collected testimonies of violations of freedom of expression.

TV Talk show on Freedom of Expression produced by MDI Azeri trainees PDF Print

Dates: September 2010azeri001

Country: Azerbaijan

Freedom of expression in Azerbaijan was the central theme of a television production training exercise held in Baku, between 15-24 September 2010, and co-organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI). The trainees, TV reporters from government-controlled and independent stations across the country, had the task of producing a television talk show including filmed reports related this topic. After two days of training, the group filmed interviews with key witnesses on access to information and the use by journalists of anonymous or unidentified sources, a key area of journalistic ethics. Then panellists came together in a studio at the Azeri Media Centre, with members of the public, to discuss both topics in a recording for television.  The programme was broadcast on Channel-13 TV ( and  Objective TV (

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