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The Foreign Students of the Mahadhra in Mauritania courted by Jihadists PDF Print

This is the Anna Lindh award-winning article by Meimouna Saleck that was published on Dune Voices in 2015

Mauritania_Mahadhras_MaimounaThe Mauritanian Mahadhra, formerly known as the universities of the desert, defined also as traditional Quranic schools, are suspected of fuelling radical and extremist groups, regionally and internationally.

Abu Yahya al-Libi, Bechir El-Magribi Abu Bacir Al-Libi, Abu Seyaff El-Tounissi, Iyad Ag Ghali, Aaron Yoon, Ali Medlej, Xristos Katsiroubas Maxime Hauchard (alias Abu Abdallah al Faransi) are names that made big headlines.

They came to Mauritania to study in the Mahadhra. Their names fuel the hypothesis that Mauritanian mosques and Mahadhra are incubators of jihadism.

MDI to Combat Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Brussels PDF Print

Date: 25 February 2016

Region: Europe

MDI_Antisemitisam_Islamophobia_European_ParliamentIn the past few years antisemitic incidents have risen in Europe, culminating in fatal terrorist attacks against Jewish citizens. Parallel to this, anti-Muslim hatred in the form of serious verbal and physical violence against Muslims has also increased.

The media have often fuelled this type of discrimination against the two communities by promoting prejudices and spreading misleading information. If websites and social media are the main platforms to share content on Jewish conspiracy theories, Holocaust denial, and Jew’s demonization, it is not rare to encounter forms of islamophobia on mainstream media and tabloids.

Debating Diversity With Postgraduate Students in Agadir PDF Print

Dates: 8 – 10 February 2016

Country: Morocco

Students_AgadirWho is the most stereotyped in the Moroccan media – HIV positive people, Jews, prostitutes or Sub-Saharan migrants? Students of MA Media and Diversity at the University of Ibn Zohr in Agadir didn’t have an easy task. Through practical journalistic exercises at the 3-day workshop with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), they debated stereotypes and generalisations, misrepresentations of women and other marginalized groups, lack of female editors and editors-in-chief in Morocco, ethics, objectivity and inclusion, as well as the way Muslims are perceived by some Western media.

Dune Voices Journalist Wins a Prestigous Anna Lindh Award PDF Print

Published: 24 February 2016

Countries: Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, Mauritania

Maimouna_SaleckMaimouna Saleck had been fascinated by journalists since her childhood because they give a voice to people to explain their problems in hope that someone may listen and help. But due to lack of opportunities and journalism schools in her native Mauritania, Maimouna’s passion for knowledge led her only to becoming a librarian, until she got a chance to be trained as a journalist by Dune Voices in 2015. Such was her commitment to her new career, that within a year she had won the prestigious Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award 2016, for her story on the infiltration of Islamic extremists in traditional religious schools ‘mahadhras’ in Mauritania.

Dune Voices Journalist Wins Anna Lindh Award PDF Print

Published: 19 February 2016

Region: Worldwide

Maimouna_Anna_Lindh_Award_2Maimouna Saleck won the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award, for her story on traditional religious schools ‘mahadhras’in Mauritania, published on the Dune Voices website. Maimouna reports for Dune Voices since this multimedia platform was set up by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) to gather local journalists committed to report on people and marginalised communities in the Sahara.

Maimouna has been awarded in online journalism category of the Anna Lindh Foundation Award. Other winners are India Stoughton from the UK for "Theatre: A cure for Lebanon's sectarian tensions?" published on Al Jazeera online and Christian Catomeris from France for "Back to Lampedusa", a video documentary broadcast on SVT1.

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