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United in Diversity: Many Reasons, One Goal PDF Print

Dates: 5 – 11 December 2014

Country: Mauritania

Mauritania_training_Dec_2014School teacher, fishing captain, blogger, star TV anchor… People with very different professions and from different parts of Mauritania gathered in the capital Nouakchott where the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) organised a multimedia reporting workshop on 5 – 11 December. Although diverse in their professions, age, regional and cultural characteristics, the participants had a common goal – to improve reporting on their communities in Mauritania.

I want to change the way they look at us,’ said Mohammed Ag. ‘At least, if they could understand we need to be heard,’ said Haroune.  ‘They’ are the central authorities, most of the times opposed to the local communities. In order to give a voice to the voiceless in the Sahara, MDI specifically designed a multimedia course reaching out to both unskilled citizen reporters and experienced journalists.

Dune Voices: MDI launches Sahara multimedia platform PDF Print

Date: 13 December 2014

Countries: Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and Libya

Algeria_UN_VoicesAfter months of preparation, when the platform’s team was put together, the editorial lines agreed, the name voted on and the initial host countries selected, the new web platform, Dune Voices, was launched in Casablanca on December 13.  The platform, envisaged as a bridge between social and traditional media, the first of its kind in North Africa, will be furnished with video, audio and online stories produced by MDI-trained citizen journalists who live in the Sahara desert.

‘In this way the authentic and autochthon voices from real people and the real Sahara will see the light of the day, something which does not happen often, neither in the countries which share the Sahara, nor outside of them’, said Dominique Thierry, MDI Programme Director and Head of

“Their Feast” PDF Print

Published: 9 December 2014

Country: Egypt

Their_FeastEgyptian filmmaker Reem Morsi recently featured her short film “Their Feast” at the BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival Aan Korb in London. The film, supported by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), tells the story of Amaal, an ex-political prisoner and struggling mother facing hardships in post-Moubarak Egypt.

Morsi, the Canadian-based filmmaker, uses her films to put a spotlight on issues that people in the Middle East may face and aims at giving a voice to the average Egyptian. In an interview for the MDI website, she talked about her storytelling technique, Egypt and the female filmmakers.

Unwanted & Discriminated by the Media: Refugees & Migrants in the Maghreb PDF Print

Date: 29 November 2014

Country: Algeria

Algeria_Conference‘Welcome, Ebola and AIDS’ and ‘Africans create their Republic’ – these are just some of the headlines in the Algerian media about refugees and migrants. Discriminatory language and hate speech appear to be the norm in media coverage of these issues across the Maghreb region.

Also, migrants and refugees coming from Sub-Saharan Africa are treated worse than those coming from the MENA region, explained Dr Nabila Bouchaala, speaking at a roundtable debate on ‘Media Coverage of Refugees in the Maghreb’ organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and its partner, Réseau Algérien pour la Défense des Droits des Enfants (NADA), on 29th of November in Algiers.

From Polarisation to Pluralisation - Celebration of Diversity at the University of Lebanon PDF Print

Date: 5 December 2014

Country: Lebanon, Beirut

Beirut_Conference‘We have all the reasons to celebrate diversity. Historically, Lebanon has been the place where dozens of cultures, religions, ethnic groups and languages have met, mixed and influenced each other’ – said Dr Adnan Sayyed Hussein, President of the University of Lebanon, opening a conference held in Beirut on 5th of December.

The event marked the end of a two-year project called “Towards an Inclusive and Responsible Media in Lebanon”, run by the Media Diversity Institute and its Lebanese partner the Maharat Foundation, an organisation working on building a more democratic society through freedom of expression.

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