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"Press Council is Not a Court" PDF Print

Date: 28 February 2014

Country: Morocco, Rabat

Morocco_Roundtable_February_2014As part of the efforts to discuss and explore the role of the National Press Council in Morocco, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in collaboration with The National Syndicate of the Moroccan Press, organized a roundtable on 28 February 2014 in Rabat. Media experts and stakeholders, as well as journalists and editors, debated the violation of the journalistic ethics and to what extent it affects the freedom of expression.

Some of the questions raised at MDI roundtable in Rabat were the responsibility of media, how that responsibility is shared with the civil society and what is the best way for the Moroccan National Press Council to implement and regulate the code of ethics.

Turning the Page of Hate in Russia PDF Print

Date: 20 March 2014

Country: Russia, Moscow

Moscow_Conference“The challenge of diversity and tolerance in Russian society is felt today more than ever, and no more so than in the world of media, where internal and external pressures pose threats to the quality of journalism needed to promote pluralism and human rights for all”. These were the warnings that Aidan White, director of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), shared with the participants of the Moscow conference, organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ).

The  multimedia conference was a final dot on the  MDI project, which aspires to contribute to greater freedom of expression for all viewpoints in Russian society, and to promote equality and fight discrimination, by equipping journalists with the skills to report ethically and inclusively on ethnic and racial diversity. 

Making Moroccan CSOs Tech-Savvy PDF Print

Published: 20 March 2014

Country: Morocco


“A good message is clear, short and expressed in the language appropriate for your audience. It also has supporting evidence”. This is one of the tips that Media Diversity Institute (MDI) training and consultancy on social media and communications offered to two organisations in Morocco, 24 - 28 February, 2014.

The aim of the consultancy-training in digital media was to offer tailored support to Free Space (Reseau Elcifodem) and AJJ Maroc, civil society organisations working in Morocco.

High Heels or Military Boots PDF Print

Date: 16 March 2013

Country: Egypt

enas_newInas Kamal Al-Deen Ramadan, a journalist at “Roz al Yousef” magazine recently awarded by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), was interviewed by the national TV in Egypt.

Appearing on the prime-time TV programe "On the name of Egypt", Inas discussed her award winning article about the willingness of some Egyptian girls to be enrolled at military academies in fields of infantry, air force and special forces just like men, and not only in the medical services and the media. Her article “Let high heels go to hell, long live the military boots” was published in “Roz al Yousef” magazine in December 2013 and won MDI award for the ‘Best Article on Women in Society’.

Professionalism in Egyptian Media - When and How? PDF Print

Date: 12 March 2014

Country: Egypt


Many media outlets and journalists in Egypt lack professionalism, as it was repeated at the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) roundtable organised in collaboration with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. It was not surprise that the discussion on the degree of commitment to the professional and ethical standards in Egyptian media, especially after 30th of June 2013, attracted so many participants.

“The main target of this debate is the audience and not us” stated Ayman Al Sayad, the well-known journalist and event`s moderator as he initiated the three-hour long discussion before 200 guests in Safir Hotel in Cairo.

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