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Current Projects
Open Information Partnership PDF Print

Region/Country: Europe, Eurasia

Timeframe/Dates: December 2018 - December 2020

Lead Partner: ZINC Network

Partners: Bellingcat, Atlantic Council: Digital Forensic Research Lab, Media Diversity Institute

OIPProject Objective: The Open Information Partnership is a diverse project that brings together think tanks, fact checkers, independent media and grassroots organisations to counter the manipulation of information.

MDI trains the organisations in a variety of areas including, investigative journalism, data journalism, debunking hate speech, content sharing,  ethical issues and response campaigns.

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Support to Media and Information Literacy Clubs in Public Schools PDF Print

Region/Country: Jordan

Timeframe/dates: January 2019 – January 2020

Funder: UNESCO Amman and European Commission

Partners: Media Diversity Institute (lead partner), Jordanian Media Institute (JMI), and UNESCO.

Support_to_MIL_Clubs_in_Public_SchoolsThe project objective is to prevent the risks of hate speech and disinformation, by strengthening MIL skills among youth in Jordan. The focus is on public schools in Irbid, Zarqa, and Ma’an, where students from grades 7 - 9 will benefit from action-oriented support in MIL clubs. The clubs will focus on digital media literacy, visual media creation, authenticity of news, ethical reporting, and online privacy and security, among other topics.

MLADI: Supporting Youth Civic Engagement through Media and Digital Presence PDF Print

Region/Country: Serbia

Timeframe/dates: March 2019 – March 2022

Funder: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

Partners: Media Diversity Institute (lead partner), MDI Western Balkans, KOMS (Umbrella Organisation of Youth in Serbia), Local Press, and Novi Magazin.

MLADI__Supporting_Youth_Civic_Engagement_Through_Media__Digital_PresenceThe project objective is to support youth civic engagement through media and digital presence. The aim is to empower young people in Serbia to become engaged, well-informed and responsible democratic citizens through increasing their media and digital literacy and offering them tools and channels to voice their opinions to wider audience. The project title MLADI stands for Media Literacy Alliance and Digital Importance, and also means ‘young’ in Serbian.


New Neighbours: Mobilising Media and Civil Society Actors to Foster Greater Intercultural Understanding between Migrants and Host Communities in Europe PDF Print

Region/Country: Europe

Timeframe/dates: January 2019 – January 2021

Funder: European Commission

Partners: European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is leading the project with Media Diversity InstituteCommunity Media Forum Europe (CMFE), COMMIT and COSPE as project partners.

The project objectives are to counteract the damaging media agenda on migrants, which often uses negative stereotypes and frames, and distinguishes them as the ‘other’. New_NeighboursThis will be achieved by highlighting the positive contribution of migrants to local societies. The project will also communicate real facts about migration and combat stereotypes. There will also be project initiatives to give migrant a voice in the public discourse. This will help foster tolerance and acceptance for migrants and refugees in the EU.

News and Digital Literacy Project – Where Fake News Fails PDF Print

Region/Country: Macedonia

Timeframe/Dates: 2018 - 2021

Funder: European Union

Partners: Media Diversity Institute, Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers, and the Institute for Communication Studies

d.literacyThe Macedonian Institute for Media, together with its project partners, is launching a project titled “News and Digital Literacy Project – Where Fake News Fails.” The aim of the three year project is to promote news and digital literacy, in order to improve the effectiveness, responsibility and ethics of civil society and journalists is using the right of freedom of opinion and expression.

The project aims to increase debate amongst journalists about news and digital literacy, focussing on the economic and social conditions for freedom of expression. Through its activities the project will contribute to increasing knowledge of CSOs to effectively counteract unethical media reporting and fake news. It will also guide social media users into becoming more knowledgeable consumers online, both of online information and news, creating more responsible active citizens.

„Disability: A Matter of Perception“ Project in Macedonia PDF Print

Region/Country: Macedonia

Timeframe/dates: January 2018 – January 2020

Funder: European Union

Partners: Macedonian Institute for Media, National Council of People with Disability Organizations of Macedonia

Macedonia_DisabilityThe main aim of the project „Disability: A Matter of Perception“  is to strengthen visibility of persons with disabilities (PwD) in the media. The weakened role of the media as protectors of public interest in Macedonia on one hand, and the difficult climate in which civil society organisations (CSOs) operate on the other, led to the shrinking of media space for pressing needs of disadvantaged groups, and consequently to citizens’ misperceptions in recognising the existing discrimination. The invisibility of PwD in media hampers their true participation in public life and full exercise of human rights and social inclusion.

#SilenceHate Project against Online Hate Towards Migrants and Refugees PDF Print

Region/Countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom

Timeframe/dates: January 2018 - December 2019

Funder: European Commission

Lead Partner: COSPE

Partners: Media Diversity Institute, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ),Amnesty Italy, Amnesty Poland, Karpos, Zaffiria, Cyprus Community Media Centre

COSPE_Logo_Silence_HateThe general objective of the project is to combat and prevent online hate speech against migrants and refugees by developing new and creative counter-narratives. The most effective way to tackle hatred is through education and debate.

Schools and media have a vital role to play in challenging hostility and prejudice, encouraging social solidarity and helping to promote understanding and empathy with others. Instead of focusing only on the possible negative consequences of the use of the internet, the idea is to explore the opportunities offered by modern technologies and innovative media productions for intercultural dialogue.

#YouthAgainstHate: Empowering Youth to Combat Hate Speech in Local Communities PDF Print

Region/Country: Serbia

Timeframe/dates: December 2017 – March 2018

Founder: OSCE Mission to Serbia

YouthagainstHate_1The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans implements the new #YouthAgainstHate project, which aims to increase resilience of young people in local Belgrade communities by equipping them with tools and opportunities to identify, expose and combat hate speech, including hate speech online.

The project objectives are to empower young people to actively contribute to community resilience by assuming a constructive role in countering hateful narratives and social marginalisation. The main premise in the project design is the proven link between hate speech, discrimination and marginalisation; all indicated as push factors toward radicalisation and violent extremism.

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.

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.

"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.