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Get the Trolls Out! Phase 2 PDF Print

Region/Country: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, UK

Timeframe/dates: 2017 – 2019

Partners: European Forum of Muslim Women (EFOMW), Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme (Licra), Amadeu Antonio Stitfung (AAS), European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), Symbiosis, The Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ), and with the support of the Council of Europe.

logo_final_Get_the_trolls_outThis 18-month project strives to encourage young people to combat discrimination and religious intolerance in Europe. It builds on “Get the Trolls Out!” – a highly successful initiative which gave young people and CSOs the tools to combat antisemitism in the European media space.

Led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), the second phase of this project benefits from the partners’ experience of using innovative media outputs to deliver a powerful counter-narrative, extending their scope to include diverse forms of hate speech, including Islamophobia, anti-Christian sentiments, and attempts to turn public opinion against migrants and asylum-seekers.

Stop the Hate: Countering Hate Speech in Serbia PDF Print

Country: Serbia

Timeframe: May- September 2017

Lead Partner: European Youth Foundation

Founder: European Youth Foundation

Stopping_Hate_2The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans and the Serbian Youth Umbrella Organisation (KOMS) are starting the Stop the Hate project, which aims to enable young people to recognise, understand and combat online hate speech by developing meaningful and nonviolent counter-narratives.

The project intends to diminish effects of hate speech spread online by building capacities of young people to become peer educators and to further disseminate the knowledge. It also aims to combat hate speech by enhancing counter narratives. The project is a response to one of the major challenges in online communication such as growing intolerance and hate speech targeting vulnerable, minority groups based on differences related to ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.  By creating counter narratives to identity-based hate speech, Stop the Hate project also contributes to culture of tolerance.

Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge PDF Print

Region covered: Eurasia

Timeframe: 2016 –2018

Partners: International Center for Journalists ICFJ (lead partner), Media Diversity Institute, and local partners

Call_for_EuroasiaWith countries in the region neighbouring Russia facing the growing trends of state- and oligarch-controlled media, fake news, and propaganda, Eurasian audiences are being increasingly exposed to biased information. At the same time, they also face many common challenges, from financial woes to global health issues and the threat of radicalized groups, which require quality objective coverage. The millions of people affected by these challenges need to understand them in order to make better decisions, strive for better lives, and call for change. New and more creative ways of informing people and broadening the audience for entertaining but informative, high-quality content must be found.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) with selected partners and experts from the region will help talented local individuals, media, civil society representatives and others, to develop new ways to inform and engage audiences with entertaining, locally-relevant, high-quality content.

Media against Hate PDF Print

Region: Europe

Timeframe/dates: 2016 – 2018

Funder: European Commission (Directorate-General Justice)

Lead Partner: European Federation of Journalists

MAH_Logo_SmallPartners/affiliates: MDI, Article 19, Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), Community media Institute (COMMIT), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) and Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE)

The media and journalists play a crucial role in influencing both policy-making and societal opinion on migration and refugees. As hate speech and stereotypes targeting migrants and refugees proliferate across Europe, balanced and fair media reporting is needed more than ever. Despite some good journalism practices and courageous journalists speaking out against hate, additional training and resources for media professionals and media organisations are needed in order for them to uphold ethical standards when reporting sensitive subjects.

Dune Voices - Inclusive Voices for Conflict Prevention and Democracy Building in North Africa: Bringing the Voices of the Sahara into the Public Sphere PDF Print

Countries Covered: Algeria, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia

Timeframe: 2014-2017

Funder: Arab Partnership Fund, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Partners: Multiple

Sahara_Stories_V1Dune Voices is a multimedia platform set up by MDI to gather, train, and mentor local journalists committed to reporting on stories from the Saharan regions of Algeria, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Dune Voices specialises in providing reliable, in depth, well investigated stories covering topics such as: smuggling, border control/movement, trafficking and organised crime; refugees and population movements; human rights; isolation and marginalisation from decision-making; nomadic perspectives as contrasted to settled ones and ethnic tensions; conflict, armed groups and extremism; local grievances around issues of development; and culture and heritage. It aims at raising awareness of issues from the heart of the Sahara and giving a voice to marginalised groups and ordinary people inhabiting the region, and often forgotten by the mainstream media and their governments. The stories are regularly republished and rebroadcast by media outlets throughout the region, as well as by international outlets.

"Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance”: Creating Macedonian Media and Information Literacy Coalition (MAMIL) PDF Print

Country: Macedonia

Timeframe/dates: 2016 – 2018

Funder: European Union

Partners/affiliates: The School of Journalism and Public Relations (SJPR, lead partner), Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Nova Makedonija daily

Macedonia_High_School_MediaThe project aims at strengthening the participative democracy through enabling an environment for free, independent and plural media in Macedonia in which media literate citizens will actively participate.

The goal of the project “Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance” is to raise awareness about the importance of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) for all citizens as a prerequisite for participative democracy and a plural society. The action is to connect media, civil society organizations and citizens in a coalition promoting MIL and putting professional journalism into practice through production of media content focused on the citizens’ rights and inclusiveness. The action will empower citizens with MIL skills and knowledge inevitable for understanding the function and the role of media as prerequisite to become actively involved in the public sphere. Within this three-year project (2016-2018), SJPR and its partners will put a special attention to promoting MIL among young people and high school students.

Inclusive Media for an Inclusive Society: Building the presence of youth and marginalised voices in Algeria PDF Print

Algeria kidsRegion/country: Algeria

Timeframe/dates: 2013-2017

Funder: European Commission, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Partners: Multiple

Working with media outlets and journalists, civil society organisations and journalism academics and students, this project will support youth and other marginalised groups in Algerian society to make their voices heard in the mainstream media.  Through capacity building, awareness-raising and commissioning of media products, the project will increase the diversity of stories, opinions and voices in the Algerian media, contributing to a more open, inclusive and accountable society.