Conferences/Events/Seminars
Hate Speech Against Migrants and Refugees in the Media PDF Print

Date: 10 February 2016

Region: Europe

Brussels_Meeting_Giulia_Refugees_Hate_SpeechAfter the avalanche that hit a hotel in central Italy in mid-January, a plethora of stories on the endless and brave work of rescuers dominated the media. Italians held their breath during the rescue operation in a race with time. The names, the faces, and the stories of those trapped in the hotel were soon read and shared by the whole country. But it was not until four days later that it emerged that a black man who worked in the hotel as a cleaner was under the collapsed building. No one was looking for him.

It was Faye Dame, a 30-year old man from Senegal who had lived and worked in Italy on a refugee status for three years. Italian media did not overlook the story. Mainstream media had his photos on their front pages and talked profusely about the refugee “with no criminal records” who was trapped under the snow. No other victim of the avalanche was given the same description. Why would they, after all?

 
#MediaAgainstHate Video Contest PDF Print

Deadline: 30 January 2017

Region: Europe

MAH_Video_ContestWithin #MediaAgainstHate campaign, professional journalists, community media practitioners and media students in Europe are invited to document how their daily work helps fight against discrimination and counter hate. They are invited to register for the #MediaAgainstHate video contest.

Deadline for registering and joining the contest is 30 January 2017. Videos submitted should be minimum one minute and maximum 2 minutes long and they should illustrate how media and journalists can play a role in countering hate speech and negative stereotypes.

 
BAME and Female Performers at "Next Up Talent" PDF Print

Date: 13 February 2017

Country: UK, London

Next_Up_TalentThe Next Up Diversity Showcase (NDS) aims to provide a platform for talented BAME and female individuals and groups to present their work to producers, artistic directors and executives along with raising their profiles to develop future collaborations and opportunities. NDS will be held in London on 13 February to recognise arts practitioners from diverse cultural backgrounds ranging from actors, writers, directors and dancers.

Actress Kandace Caine and her business partner Elizabeth Bisola Alabi are launching Next Up Talent believing that this showcase will enable more BAME and women performers to break the entertainment industry.

 
MDI at ARIJ Forum in Jordan PDF Print

Dates:  1 – 3 December 2016

Country: Jordan, Amman

ARIJ_ForumThe Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) celebrated its 10th anniversary gathering participants from nine countries in the capital of Jordan, Amman. More than 300 Arab and international investigative editors, journalists, trainers, academics and media students attended the ARIJ Annual Network Forum held under the theme “ARIJ: a Decade of Investigating the Arab world: Seeing, Hearing, Exposing”.

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) representative Mourad Sellami also attended the event in Jordan presenting the Dune Voices multimedia platform that brings stories from marginalised communities from the Sahara region. Sellami met with ARIJ Executive Director Rana Sabbagh to discuss potential collaboration in countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and Sudan.

 
Hate Speech and Hate Spin - How to Counter it? PDF Print

Date: 18 November 2016

Country: UK, London

Hate_Spin_Book_Launch“Take a stand against hate speech. Never report it neutrally” – this is professor Cherian George’s message to the media. At the launch of his new book Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy, George argued political and civic responses are required in order to develop and maintain a culture of tolerance and openness to others. Further, he asserted that legal restrictions are often ineffective and should be a last resort in open societies. "What is the most needed are equal rights and discrimination laws," believes George.

His new book was launched during the Inter Faith Week in the UK that aims to enable greater interaction between people of different backgrounds. It also celebrates diversity and interfaith dialogue, as well as understanding between people of different religious and non-religious beliefs.

 
South Social Film Festival - Celebration of Diversity in Cinema PDF Print

Published: 17 November 2017

Country: UK, London

Screen_Shot_2016-11-20_at_10.35.10South Social Film Festival is not an ordinary festival. Its focus is on independent international cinema by not only screening various films from around the world, but also by playing music and serving food from the country of the film. The festival is celebrating its first anniversary on 27 November at the Cinema Museum in London.

South Social Film Festival celebrates diversity of communities by giving the independent, international cinema a home in South London to encourage a fair representation of different cultures, voices and stories. This is a not-for-profit film festival.

 
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