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British Minister Praises MDI Work in Morocco PDF Print

Published: 16 September 2013

Country: Morocco

MP-moroccoUK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has praised Media Diversity Institute’s work during a trip to Morocco. He showed special interest in the audio vignettes project that MDI did with its local partner Chada FM, compiling the voices of Moroccans all around the country and giving them opportunity to speak about their perception of the media.

During his visit, Burt met members of the Moroccan government and British Embassy’s partners represented in the civil society organisations and the media.

Reporting of Vulnerable Groups in Russia PDF Print

Date: 29 August 2013

Country: Russia, Moscow

russia workshop august 2013There is a strong need for world's media to establish and to implement principles of responsible reporting on diversity, migration and marginalised groups. With focus on Russian media, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) organised a workshop in Moscow aiming to discuss media coverage of immigration and ethnic diversity.

One of the objectives of the training "Diversity and migration reporting of vulnerable groups in the media: the experience of the four regions" was to promote public dialogue on migration and to reaffirm the principles of professional ethics and the equal representation of different social groups in the Russian media.

MDI Working to Give a Voice to Marginalised Groups in Algeria PDF Print

Published: 8 August 2013

Country: Algeria

algeria un photoThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI), in cooperation with local partners, has started a new project in Algeria. The purpose of the project, “Inclusive Media for an Inclusive Society”, is to increase the presence of youth and other marginalised voices in the Algerian media and to enable more diverse and inclusive debate on the country’s future.

The young people of Algeria, who make up more than half of the electorate, were one of the main targets in last year’s elections.“I’m addressing the young people who must take over the baton because my generation has had its time. The country is in your hands.  Take care of it.”, said the Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika back in 2012.

But half of young Algerian people were disappointed with the results of election and the way candidates addressed relevant issues in society. As some regional news portals reported, young Algerians who did not take part in voting “wanted to improve things, but found that the old practices still prevailed”.

MDI Brings Egyptian Media Experts to London PDF Print

Published: 19 August 2013

Region: UK, Egypt

frontlineclub2Influential Egyptian media experts visited London for a study tour and a conference to discuss the role of media in Egypt today, responsible journalism, as well as the legal, ethical and financial reasons for inclusive reporting.

The two-day tour ‘Inclusive Media for Inclusive Societies’ took place on 15th and 16th of August and it was organised by the Media Diversity Institute.

Debates like the one at the Frontline Club, were organised to discuss  the ability of the Egyptian media to provide an inclusive debate on the issues relevant to all Egyptians.

MDI Representatives Address the UN in Geneva PDF Print

Date: 24 July 2013

Region: Worldwide

milica bracho un widerThe Media Diversity Institute’s Director, Milica Pesic, addressing delegates at the 5th session of the Ad Hoc Committee under the Office of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, on 24 July 2013, talked about the responsibilities of the media as related to xenophobia and racial discrimination highlighting cases in the UK.

“It was a great opportunity for MDI to share with the Committee members our experience from both ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ worlds.  To identify correctly the line between the right to free expression and the right to equality requires a lot of professional skill, clear ethical value and knowledge, everywhere in the world. Nowadays when journalists are under the pressure of ever-growing workloads, threats of job losses and political pressures from all sides, it’s easy to blame ethnic or religious minorities for all the bad things happening in our societies,” says Ms Pesic.

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