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MDI Supports Community Media in Serbia PDF Print

Date: 24 September 2015

Country: Serbia

Local_Press_Conference_Belgrade‘In the future journalists will need civil society organisations (CSOs) more than the other way around!’ The prediction came from Iona Avadani, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Journalism, Bucharest, who was one of the speakers at the 20th Anniversary of LocalPress, a Serbian Community Media Association (SCMA).

Experts from the Balkans and the rest of Europe heard about the hardship more than 50 newspapers, radio and TV stations, members of the SCMA, have been through over the last two decades. Equally important, the LocalPress representatives talked about the lessons learnt, the most important being that ‘common interests and values have kept us together’.

 
European Online Monitors against Antisemitic Speech PDF Print

Published: 11 September 2015

Region: Europe

10431494_1151897511492249_2362658954794808408_n_-_CopyWhat are the images of Judaism and Jews that you’ve been exposed to during your lifetime, and are you aware of where they come from? What are the most common myths about the Jews, and where do they originate? How to draw the line between antisemitic hate speech and legitimate criticism of Israel?

These are just a few of the issues tackled during the Training for Online Monitors against Antisemitic Hate Speech organised on the 1st and the 2nd of September in Brussels by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe as part of the Media Diversity Institute project “Get the Trolls Out!

 
MDI at the Newsweek Press Freedom Conference PDF Print

Date: 3 September 2015

Country: Serbia

Newsweek_Conference_2“Everybody is talking about the laws [on media freedom] but these laws need to be implemented,” said Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, addressing  a  conference in Belgrade organised by Newsweek Serbia. As a guest at the panel moderated by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Mijatovic warned that there is a need to “speak loud and clear about the problems with media freedom”.

More than 20 speakers from around the world as well as some 200 attendees from Serbia itself agreed that the “situation in journalism in the Western Balkans is worrying”. The main problems include governmental and financial pressures, as well as lack of trust in journalism and journalists. Mijatovic added that the situation in the Balkans is worse because of many unresolved murders and physical attacks against journalists. Equally critical about the situation in journalism in the Balkans was Aidan White, Director of the Ethical Journalism Network.

 
Elections in Morocco: How to have more Women in the Media? PDF Print

Dates: 31 July – 2 August 2015

Country: Morocco

Morocco_Workshop_August_2015Fatima is a university professor in Morocco who is also a political party candidate in the upcoming local elections in Morocco. Her campaign focuses on women voting in big cities, but also on those living in rural areas. “But how do you talk to women who don’t speak Arabic, but only Amazigh (the language of Berber minority in Morocco)? How do you address the issues important to them and how do you shape your media campaign in order to include minorities too?” – asked Fatima’s colleague at the workshop organized for women candidates taking part in the elections in September.

Discussions on topics of media relations, campaigning on women’s issues and inclusion were just some of the highlights of a workshop held in Agadir on 31 July - 2 August, organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and in partnership with Association Epanouissement  Feminin (AEF).

 
Media in Sri Lanka: from Division to Inclusion? PDF Print

Published: 3 August 2015

Country: Sri Lanka

Sri_LankaAhead of August 17 Parliamentary elections, all Sri Lankans are talking about is whether the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa would win enough votes to get back in power, this time as Prime Minister. Add to it a laconic statement, ‘yes, it is better since Rajapaksa lost the January presidential elections, but, not that much better’ and this is, more or less, where any similarity between the Sinhalese majority (mainly Buddhist) and Tamils, the largest minority (mainly Hindu), stops.

Thirty years of bloody civil war ended in 2009, only for Rajapaksa to use all his power – which was enormous – to silence any criticism of his regime, turn Sri Lanka into one of the world’s most dangerous countries for any journalists who dare to question his deeds, and make post-war media continue their patriotic discourse.  Hate speech continued to be used by both politicians and the media  when referring to the ‘other side’.  The island remained heavily divided and according to many analysts and experts, Rajapaksa used his popularity to further alienate the Tamils. 

 
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