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Bans on Holocaust Denial Don’t help Jews PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2016

Region: Worldwide

by professor Eric Heinze*

Holocaust_memorialI’d rather not think about how horrible Germany would be’, exclaimed Stephan J. Kramer, General Secretary of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, ‘if Holocaust denial were lawful’. What else could he say? The Holocaust had almost extinguished Germany’s Jewish community.  Numbers have revived since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but remain tiny.

To be clear, German law provides iron-clad guarantees for free speech.  For decades, the range and quality of the country’s print and broadcast media have been second to none, noticeably superior in breadth and depth to those of English-speaking nations.  Notwithstanding the bogus scientific façade, however, Holocaust denial is unequivocally hate speech, as research has repeatedly shown.

Media Literacy as the Prerequisite for Active Citizenship PDF Print

Date: 27 September 2016

Country: Macedonia

Screen_Shot_2016-10-01_at_12.17.22The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has co-organised a conference “Media literacy as the prerequisite for active citizenship” held on 27 September in Skopje, Macedonia. At the conference representatives of relevant institutions, non-governmental sector, education sector and the media, raised numerous questions about Media and Information literacy (MIL) in Macedonia, as well as about the roles of different stakeholders. One of the key conclusions was that MIL has to be integrated in the school curriculum.

“The media also should educate and interact with the audience while active civil society has a role to promote concept of active citizenship, be a source of information for citizens and implement non formal education programmes in the sphere of MIL,” concluded participants at the conference in Skopje.  ‘Media literacy in Macedonia: missing tool for active citizenship’ study was launched at the event.

MDI Launches the Guide on Countering Hate Speech Online PDF Print

Date: 22 July 2016

Region: Europe

Stopping_HateThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) within its project Get the Trolls Out published the guide “Stopping Hate: How to Counter Hate Speech on Twitter?” The guide contains useful tips and advice for both civil society organisations and individuals and it was produced and promoted with collaboration with Twitter.

The Guide is available in 4 languages (English, French, Hungarian, and Greek).

MDI at the Global Minority Rights Summer School PDF Print

Dates: 10 – 16 July 2016

Country: Hungary, Budapest

Ivana_Jelaca_at_TLI_Summer_SchoolAre minority rights still relevant? Participants of the 4th Global Minority Rights Summer School in Budapest tried to find the answers. They examined legislation and policies to protect minority rights worldwide, while the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Ivana Jelaca highlighted the role of the media. Jelaca claimed that not only the existence of minority media is necessary, but the minorities have to be included and represented in the mainstream media too.

At the Summer School organised by Tom Lantos Institute in Budapest, participants coming from all over Europe, discussed terminological definitions of ‘minorities’ as well as the differences between human rights, minority rights and indigenous people’s rights.

Join the Q&A on Countering Hate Speech! #askGTTO PDF Print

Date: 22 July 2016

Region: Europe

wifi_2Hate speech online: how to stop it? Should you respond to it? Do counter narratives work? How to keep safe from online abuse and hate speech? Answers to these and many other questions can be found under #askGTTO on Friday 22 July. We invite you to join our Q&A session on Twitter!

The Media Diversity Institute and its project Get the Trolls Out will take action on the European Day of Victims of Hate Crime, 22 July.

From our @GettheTrollsOut Twitter account, our experts on hate speech will answer your questions. Join the conversation and ask a question by using the hashtag #askGTTO. The answers will be compiled in an article on our website that will be used as a helpful resource.

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