Russian TV Messages about a Western Plot PDF Print

Published: 20 May 2015

Country: Russia

Monitoring_of_Russian_TVRussian viewers of television news and current affairs, according to a monitoring report, are being told that their country has been targeted by the United States in a ‘western plot’ to bring their country to its knees. Russian TV channels also accuse the US of fomenting the war with Ukraine, while the role of the EU has been downplayed.

“Russian media have been used as instruments of propaganda in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The channels diverted attention from important domestic issues and scared the population with the possibility of a war and the need of Russia to protect itself against an external enemy,” says Rasťo Kužel of MEMO 98, a Slovak monitoring group which conducted a monitoring report in cooperation with Internews Ukraine and Yerevan Press Club (YPC) of Armenia.

Migrants and Minorities - Anti-heroes of Russian Press PDF Print

Published: 27 February 2012

Country: Russia

russian_newspapers_smallMedia coverage of migrants, ethnic minorities and other vulnerable groups in Russia is mainly hostile and discriminatory. Sensational headlines like “‘Uzbeks raped a female pensioner” or “Illegal Tajik migrant killed his partner” are the most frequent way to manifest a xenophobic message.

'Anti-heroes’ of the Russian press are the Chechens, people from Caucasus and Muslims, while the LGBT community and its issues are covered in an unfriendly way. One of the trends in print and electronic media in Russia is “softer” hate speech, but these “soft forms” are effectively conveying discriminatory messages. These are the findings of the study conducted by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in four Russian regions in second half of 2013.

MDI Report on Russian Media

UK Media Boards without Women PDF Print

Published: 17 January 2014

Country: UK

dawn_nessomThe majority of media companies in the UK are in hands of men. This is the main conclusion of a report that analysed 31 companies, showing that of the 216 directors across the media groups studied, only 33 (14.9%) are women.

TheMediaBriefing, author of the study, denounced that these figures expose that “the upper echelons of the UK's media remain largely unrepresentative of their audiences and the wider population”.

Bad times for Muslims in Europe PDF Print

Published: 22 March 2013

Region: Europe

enar reportThe European Network against Racism warned that Islamophobia, or discrimination against Muslims, is widespread in many European countries. Prejudice towards Muslims is often more visible than that affecting other religious or ethnic minority groups – concludes the survey released on International Day against Racial Discrimination.

Muslim women and girls are particularly affected, facing an extreme form of double discrimination on the basis of both their religion and their gender.

In France for instance, 85% of all Islamophobic acts target women.

The survey which is part of ENAR’s Shadow Report on Racism in Europe says that manifestations of Islamophobia include discrimination and violence towards Muslims, criminal damage to Islamic buildings, and protests against the building of mosques even in countries, such as Poland, where some Muslim communities have been established and integrated for centuries.

Studies on Media Diversity in Egypt PDF Print

Published: 21 February 2013

Country: Egypt

egypt third studyThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) launched three studies on how inclusive and diverse Egyptian media content is. All studies, in English and Arabic, are available for download.

The last in the series of reports is focusing on the period immediately preceding, and during, the country’s Constitutional Referendum (November & December 2012).

The study is the third in a series of 4 studies that are being produced over the life of a two year MDI programme, 'Embracing Free Expression, Diversity and Inclusiveness: Rebuilding post-revolution Egyptian media', funded by SIDA.

The latest (third) MDI study on media diversity during Egypt's Constitutional Referendum can be downloaded in English here:

MDI Diversity Observatory Report 3.pdf

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