Creating Sustainable Media Systems In The Balkans PDF Print

Date: 2 April 2015

Region: Western Balkans

CIMAThe state of media in the Balkans is far from being healthy. To say it with the words of Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media of Bosnia and Herzegovina, “freedom of the media in the Balkans is worse than after the wars in the ‘90s.”

In the ten year period following the Dayton Peace Accords (1996-2006), the international community invested $290 million in media development. Still, twenty years after the wars, Reporters Without Borders’ 2015 World Press Freedom Index ranks Serbia 67, Montenegro 114 and Macedonia 117 out of 180 countries; IREX’s Media Sustainability Index lists countries like Macedonia and Serbia in the “unsustainable” category.

Women of the World PDF Print

Published: 10 March 2015

Country: UK

wow-friday-tweets-imageIn the week ahead of the International Women’s day, 8th of March, the Women Of the World Festival (WoW) in London celebrated women and girls and their achievements in art, media, film, education. Since its foundation by the theatre director and producer Jude Kelly in 2011, the success of WOW has counted on a number of event locations around the world, a rapid ticket sale, and big names such as Malala and Annie Lennox. The Media Diversity Institute reporter visited WoW in order to explore how this kind of events can have an impact that goes beyond the 8th of March and what are the best ways to boost a change towards gender equality.

Roma Absent from the Lithuanian Press PDF Print

Published: 16 February 2015

Country: Lithuania

DSC011551-1024x576Roma and Muslims living in Lithuania are absent from the country’s media. Alongside a very low representation, the media tend to strengthen stereotypes by offering a one-sided portrayal of Roma as criminals, and Muslims as terrorists. This is often combined with derogatory terms, especially about Romani people who are rarely or never interviewed in the Lithuanian media.

These are the findings of the research conducted by the National Institute of Social Integration (NISI) within the project “Address of Human Rights – Journalism”. The study analysed the news pieces published and broadcast from June 2013 to July 2014 in national and regional media. The research, which focused on three specific ethnic and religious groups reveals that the members of Jewish community generally can be seen and heard in the news.

‘EU Needs to Step Up’ PDF Print

Dates: 20 – 21 November 2014

Region: Western Balkans

MAXCAP_SarajevoThe latest Gay Pride Parade held in Belgrade under heavy security and police presence is just one of the examples of minorities’ status in Western Balkans. Many would argue though, that the situation can be improved in the whole Europe. For instance, some of the problems are xenophobia and hate speech towards the immigrants in the old EU member countries, as well as the culture of segregation and discrimination against Roma in Hungary and Slovakia.

At the conference “EU Integration and Minority Protection in the Western Balkans: mapping the way ahead” held in Sarajevo within the MAXCAP project, the effectiveness of EU instruments and strategies for strengthening minority rights protection was discussed.

Global Security Seminar for Journalists PDF Print

Region: Worldwide

Published: 13 June 2014

REUTERSThomson Reuters Foundation organises a three-day seminar for journalists who are interested in or cover security issues around the world.

The 2014 Global Security Seminar aims to improve the quality of reporting on security and terrorism exploring the challenges of responsible coverage on these issues and comparing approaches with journalists from a range of different countries. This major seminar will bring together leading security experts, authoritative commentators and journalists for a series of lively presentations and debates.

MDI Debate on Media Freedom in the New Egyptian Constitution PDF Print

Date: 27 October 2013

Country: Egypt

egypt roundtable oct 2013Many Egyptians count down the days to vote in a public referendum for the new constitution that is being drafted behind closed doors. Specially, the wording and outcome of the articles in the constitution related to media have generated so much expectation and heated discussions.

The Media Diversity Institute gathered the prominent figures in Egypt in order to discuss freedom of the media in the new constitution. Influential media and political figures attended the debate, such as Amr El-Shobaky, one of the 50 members of the committee in charge of reviewing the drafted Constitution.

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