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A New MDI Project Countering Hate Speech in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 9 May 2017

Country: Serbia

Stopping_HateThe Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans and the Serbian Youth Umbrella Organisation (KOMS) launched “Stop the Hate”, a new project aiming to enable young people to recognise, understand and combat online hate speech by developing meaningful and nonviolent counter-narratives.

The project relies on “Tips to Counter Hate Speech on Twitter”, a guide designed by MDI, aiming to help social media users to combat hate speech online in most simple and effective way. In the period May – September 2017, MDI and KOMS will organise trainings and educational workshops for young people and schoolchildren in Serbia, as well as conduct a social media campaign raising awareness about hate speech online.

MDI Joins UNESCO in Marking World Press Freedom Day 2017 PDF Print

Date: 3 May 2017

Country: Indonesia, Jakarta

Screen_Shot_2017-05-07_at_11.14.37The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) participated at the official celebration of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) in Jakarta organised by UNESCO, the Government of Indonesia, and the Press Council of Indonesia. On 3 May, MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic was one of the speakers at the panel “Fostering inclusiveness and gender equality through media innovation”.

“It is extremely important to ‎continue discussing the significance of inclusion as one of the basic democratic principles. The UNESCO celebration of the World Press Day in Jakarta was very much about inclusive societies that are under threat. If citizens are being excluded on basis of their class, ethnicity, religion, gender and if they don’t feel being a part of the society, that would make some people look for extremism as an option. Therefore, the media that provide space for inclusion of all voices can significantly contribute to the prevention of extremism,” said Pesic at the panel on inclusiveness and gender equality.

Serbian Journalists Awarded for Tolerance Visit the Guardian, BBC, Community Channel PDF Print

Dates:  20 – 24 March 2017

Country: UK, London

MDI_and_BBC_Diversity_DepartmentThree Serbian journalists awarded for promoting tolerance through their work visited London and some of the most influential media and freedom of expression and human rights organisations. Journalists Nadezda Gace, Bojana Milovanovic and Biljana Radulovic were awarded for the stories on children with Down syndrome, elderly citizens living in a nursing home and people without legal capacity meaning without the right to marry and have children, to work and vote, to manage their own property. They were awarded by the OSCE Mission in Serbia and the Commission for Protection of Equality.

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) organised the visit of the awarded journalists accompanied by the OSCE Media Programme representatives and the Serbian Commission for Protection of Equality spokesperson. During the study tour to London, MDI and the Serbian delegation visited the Guardian, Community Channel, Article 19, Media Legal Defence Initiative and the BBC where they met with the Head of BBC Diversity Department, Tunde Ogungbesan.

MDI in Perugia: China Between Traditional and Digital Media PDF Print

Date: 5 April 2017

Country: Italy, Perugia

by Giulia Dessi *

MDI_in_Perugia_2At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia 2017, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) hosted the panel “China: Between Traditional and Digital Media”.

Like in many other countries, in the past ten years, the diffusion of the internet has posed new challenges to traditional media in China, changing the way media are consumed, owned, managed, and produced. Yet, China – with more than 1000 daily newspapers, 2000 TV channels, and 9000 magazines – presents a unique case: with the world’s largest online population, China is also the largest media market in the world, but one where outlets operate under tight control from the Communist Party.

Moderated by MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic, the panel explored the impact of technology on Chinese media from different perspectives: from the way effective political supervision – and censorship – works on social networks in the country, to the specific case of the state news agency Xinhua which highlights strong ideological continuities with the past.

MDI Joins UNESCO to Mark the Press Freedom Day 2017 PDF Print

Dates: 1- 4 May 2017

Country: Indonesia, Jakarta

UNESCO_Freedom_Press_Day_2017_logoThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has been invited to participate at the official celebration of the World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta organised by UNESCO, the Government of Indonesia, and the Press Council of Indonesia.

Under the global theme of Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies, participants including the MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic will examine current challenges facing media, including the continuous trend worldwide of attacks against those who bring journalism to the public.

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