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Debate on media’s role in good governance in a post-referendum South Sudan PDF Print

Posted: 29 November 2010

Region: Juba, South Sudan

The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) in cooperation with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) organised a roundtable debate entitled ‘Will my voice be heard in the new South Sudan? - The Role of Leaders and the Media in post-referendum South Sudan’, on 26 November 2010, in Juba, South Sudan.

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Calls for Eynulla Fatullayev’s Release PDF Print

FatullayevMedia Diversity Institute as member of the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan is deeply concerned by the Azerbaijani government’s failure to comply with the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in the case of imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev. These international organisations welcome the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ recent decision in Fatullayev’s case and call on the Azerbaijani government to mark International Human Rights Day by immediately and unconditionally releasing  Fatullayev from prison. 

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.

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