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Sarajevo’s First-Ever Pride Gets Dismissed as “Shame Parade” by Opponents PDF Print

Threats, insults and rejection prior to the first-ever pride march in Bosnia and Herzegovina, topped with protests and ignorance, are mirrored not challenged in Bosnian media.

The Rising Tide of Online Antisemitism in Britain PDF Print

31 January 2019

Countries: UK

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

GoogleSearchLast month, Media Diversity Institute revealed the extent of antisemitic, sexist, and homophobic hatred on Russian search engines. Recently, two British NGOs published a report titled, HIDDEN HATE: What Google Search tells us about antisemitism today, showing that similar problems exist in the United Kingdom. According to the report (authored by Community and Security Trust) and the Antisemitism Policy Trust), people around Britain make an average of 170,000 antisemitic google searches every year, 10 percent of which contained violent language or intentions.

In order to carry out the research, former Google data scientist and author of Everybody Lies: What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are Seth Stephens-Davidowitz analyzed Google search terms and Adwords for searches associated with antisemitic terminology and conspiracy theories.

International Migrants Day: Narratives On Migration PDF Print

18 December 2018

Countries: Worldwide

InternationalMigrantsDayToday, there are more than 258 people on the move around the world. While many move freely, taking jobs or pursuing other opportunities in foreign countries, others take dangerous journeys across seas or deserts, in search of a better life for themselves and their families.

Many are quick to point out the legal differences between a migrant and a refugee—the latter is fleeing persecution, and typically eligible for protection, while the former is moving for a better life or economic circumstances—the reality is far more complicated. In Honduras, many flee after they are displaced by multinational corporations, which use their land and exploit their labor. Legally they are migrants, but are they actually refugees? In the South Pacific, inhabitants of island nations like Fiji and Palau are already preparing to have to migrate due to climate change. However, according to current international legislation, they would be processed as migrants—not refugees.

Zwarte Piet: The Dutch Christmas Character Causing Controversy PDF Print

3 December 2018

Country: The Netherlands

By Eline Jeanne

zwartepiet.jpgAround this time of the year, Dutch children eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas (translated: Saint Nicholas) and Zwarte Piet (Black Piet) who travel to the Netherlands on a steamboat from Spain to slide down the chimney and deliver presents on Sinterklaas Eve for many children’s favorite holiday.

It is a beloved celebration across the country, but there is a catch. Zwarte Piet—who, according to tradition, punishes naughty children and brings them back to Spain in a jute sack—is traditionally depicted as Black, complete with Moorish clothes with a big afro, full red lips and gold hoop earrings, traits that the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) says are universally agreed racist stereotypes and reinforce a problematic image of Black people as villains.

Steve Bannon: To Platform, Or Not To Platform PDF Print

19 November 2018

Countries: United Kingdom

By: Mikhail Yakovlev


Every year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) organizes NewsXchange, a conference described as a chance for the world’s leading public service media to discuss “bright ideas, opportunities and challenges for the international news industry.

This year’s conference—hosted in Edinburgh, Scotland—generated controversy by inviting former Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon as a speaker.

#WalkAway: How the US Media Ignores Conservative Minorities PDF Print

17 November 2018

Country: United States

By: Safiya Ahmed

WalkAway“Once upon a time I was a liberal,” Brandon Straka, a self-described gay conservative hairdresser says to the camera, in a slickly-produced YouTube video that now has over 700,000 views.

“The left has been allowed to reinforce the narrative that everybody on the right is a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, a misogynist,” he continues, describing his transition from a typical Manhattan liberal to the leader of a conservative political movement.

“I reject racism of all kinds. I reject tyrannical group think. I reject a system that allows a misinformed and dogmatic mob to oppress free speech, spread false narratives and apathetically steam roll over the truth,” he continues.

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