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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 (

In Memoriam of Lloyd Donaldson PDF Print

Lloyd_MDI_TeamWith deep sadness we inform you that our dear colleague and friend, Lloyd Donaldson, died suddenly on 26 June 2010 (pictured top right). Lloyd was a Programme Director with MDI from 2001-2006, at a very important time for the organisation. Lloyd helped MDI expand its work to new regions such as the South Caucasus, Middle East and South East Asia. He also moved MDI’s work on to a new level – programmatically and strategically. 

Lloyd was a wonderful man, who did so much not only for the journalism profession but, made all of us better, kinder and more tolerant just by being himself. He cared for those who needed care – not because it was his job, but because he chose the job in order to pursue that most important principle of his. One of MDI’s trainers, and his very close friend, Alistair Crighton, wrote the following ‘In Memoriam’ for Lloyd:

"Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity." Leo Tolstoy

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