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Media Discrimination against Roma PDF Print

Dates: 26 June – 1 July 2016

Country: Hungary

MDI_at_Tom_Lantos_InstituteThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) contributed to the European Summer School on Prejudice, Genocide,  Remembrance in Budapest by holding a workshop on responsability of the media with a special focus on Romaphobia. MDI Communication manager Dasha Ilic presented several cases of discrimination against Roma in the UK and European media offering advice and tips on how to report diversity in responsible and professional way.

"Journalists and reporters coming from marginalised and socially deprived background should be given space to report on topics that are not related to minorities’ issues. Our newsrooms always have to have journalists coming from marginalised communities so that they help us learn and understand those communities better. But they shouldn’t be given a task to exclusively report only on the communities they are coming from but also on any other topic such as Brexit or the proposed state budget,” said Ilic.

Communication Experts for MDI PDF Print

Published: 5 July 2016

Region: Worldwide

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is looking for communication experts with experience in working with different EU Country Delegations in organising communication events, production of multimedia materials, design and production of publications for different sectors.

Please send your CV in EU format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

After Brexit, Media to Say No to Racism and Xenophobia PDF Print

Published: 26 June 2016

Country: UK

Brexit_MediaThere were threating xenophobic, anti-immigration tones in some British press, mostly tabloids, all along the campaign for EU referendum. Not only that many representatives of the Leave campaign spread the message that “the EU immigration system is immoral and unfair”, but some media outlets including two best-selling tabloids, mostly ignored economic reasons for staying or leaving the EU and focused their coverage on migrants and reasons on why they are not wanted in the UK.

“EU migrants are more likely to have a job in the UK than British citizens”, claimed Daily Mail while the Sun warned about “migrant surge if we stay in the EU”. Both papers backed the Leave campaign. It came as no surprise that hundreds of people hit the streets of some of England and Scotland's biggest cities in protest over the "anti-immigration" tone of the pro-Brexit campaign.

MDI Seeking Development Manager PDF Print

Application Deadline: 31 August 2016

Salary: £35,000-37,000 pa

Colorful_abstract_shoesWe are an expanding London-based NGO providing diversity training and development for media professionals and NGOs across the globe. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Development Manager with demonstrated experience in fundraising and grant management with European and North American donors, private and governmental.A high degree of initiative, excellent communication, writing and database skills needed. Excellent written and spoken English (native-level standard).

This is an ideal opportunity if you have strong influencing and negotiating skills, have a keen interest in diversity and the media and have an enquiring and analytical mind. Please apply before 31 August 2016.

MDI in Discussion on Antisemitism on Al Jazeera PDF Print

Date: 13 May 2016

Country: UK

AJstream_Giulia_Dessi_3The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) contributed to the programme The Stream on Al Jazeera on Tuesday 10 May. Within the episode “Anti-Semitism rocks UK Labour Party”, MDI explained the difficulties in having a unanimously accepted definition of antisemitism and the forms this type of racism has taken in the past and today.

“The question ‘who can define antisemitism’ suggests that a definition is possible and straightforward,” said Giulia Dessi, project coordinator of Get the Trolls Out, MDI project for combating antisemitism in the media. “International organisations and institutions generally provide definition of terms such as antisemitism, but it is very difficult to come up with a definition that is universally agreed,” she added. “Disputes constantly rage about what does or does not count as racism, Islamophobia, sexism, homophobia, and so on. Antisemitism is no different. At the Media Diversity Institute, we believe its meaning has changed over time, from theological models to race-based models, and today is strongly tied to Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Giulia Dessi concluded.

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