Reprazent – Does Britain Hate Young People? PDF Print

Published: 1 July 2013

Country: UK, London

By Sue Caro*

raprazent flyerWithin the UK context, age is one of the areas covered by the Equality Act and as such is known as a ‘protected characteristic’ You are probably familiar with the issue of age discrimination against older people – which often goes hand in hand with gender discrimination – but what about the other end of the age spectrum, young people?

According to Press4Change, 76 per cent of UK media coverage of young people is negative resulting in many young people (who represent the UK’s future), feeling demonised and alienated whilst also creating suspicion and fear of young people in other sections of the population, particularly amongst the elderly, causing divisions and worsening social cohesion. When David Cameron and his fellow travellers claim that ‘Britain is broken’ maybe they should be examining media practices more closely as opposed to blaming ‘feral youths’ for all society’s ills?

Community Radio in Algiers PDF Print

Dates: 21-22 June 2013

Country: Algeria

Algiers conference community radioMedia professionals and associations’ representatives pled for the opening of independent radio networks on the debate “Community radio as a factor of change” held last week in Algiers.

The two-day conference explored the lacks of the state-controlled broadcast system and the current situation in terms of media legislation. While most debates on broadcast liberalisation focus on the opening of the market, many panellists highlighted the need of community radio networks alongside with the commercial ones.

Training on Diversity and Hate Speech in Lithuania PDF Print

Dates: 16 - 22 May 2013

Country: Lithuania, Druskininkai

lithuania training 1Twenty four journalism students and young journalists participated in the training on diversity and hate speech organized by National Institute for Social Integration from Lithuania. Some of the participants were chosen by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) who is the partner in this project.

One of the goals of the workshop held in Lithuania was to define terms ‘hate speech’ and ‘freedom of expression’ and to make a distinction between them.

The main objectives were to recognise hate speech and stereotypes, especially the stereotyping of the vulnerable groups, and to learn how to react against them. The way to do that, as Neringa Jurciukonyte from the National Institute for Social Integration explained, is through the direct contact with the people from the vulnerable groups. “Put yourselves in their shoes and talk to people directly”, said Jurciukonyte.

Inclusive Debate on Migration and Media Coverage PDF Print

Date: 9-10 May 2013

Country: UK

migrantvoiceMigrant Voice celebrates its third annual conference focusing this year on media and immigration. The media, academics, migrants and the public will engage in an inclusive debate on migration, examining public attitude and media representation of migrants, and raising alternatives voices and messages.

The two-day conference, which is called “The immigration debate: the facts, the rhetoric and the voices; initiating an inclusive debate and raising alternative voices and messages”, will be held on the 9th and 10th May in London.

Course on How to Report on Women’s Issues PDF Print

Deadline: 23 April 2013

Region: UK, London

thomson reuters logoWorldwide journalists are invited to attend an intensive course on how to report on women’s issues organised by Trust Media, the Thomson Reuters Foundation training service.

The course, which will be held in London from the 27th to the 31st of May 2013, is “a lively and practical seminar designed to help journalists refine their skills, with particular emphasis on the coverage of women’s issues, their opinions and rights,” the Trust Media website reports.

Mediterranean Forum on Intercultural Dialogue PDF Print

Date: 5- 7 April 2013

Region: France, Marseille

annaforumYouth leaders, civil society organisations, policy-makers and intercultural experts will gather together at the Anna Lindh Foundation Forum in Marseille. They will discuss on intercultural dialogue, which is seen as the key for the Euro-Mediterranean region to deal with challenges following Arab Awakening and the social impact of the economic crisis in Europe.

Under the slogan of “Citizens for the Mediterranean”, participants from all around the world will meet from 4th to 7th April to talk about diversity, media and women among other issues.

‘Ethical Reporting across Cultures’ is one of the organised agoras that will address the role of the media as a tool to contribute to intercultural dialogue. The media help to create the public space for the freedom of expression, debate and plurality of perspectives essential for citizens in a democratic society. It is an essential ingredient to renew Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and make this dialogue more capable of addressing events comprehensively by helping peoples, states and institutions relate to one another on a basis of mutual understanding.

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