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Anti-Western Propaganda in Georgia PDF Print

Published: 12 June 2018

Country: Georgia

Anti_West-Cover-ENGIn Georgia, the media is very often used as a propaganda tool. Due to tense relations between Russia and the USA, and the rest of the Western world, media is often used as a tool to serve the motives of either of the parties. Georgian media has a pro-Kremlin agenda due to political inclinations and therefore is used to disseminate misinformation regarding the Western world through its messages, sometimes subtly and sometimes in a more direct manner.

This was the conclusion drawn in a recent study conducted by the Media Development Foundation (MDF), in which they analysed the anti-Western messages and fake news spread in the Georgian media. The research aims to look at different media outlets, including mainstream and print media to monitor the pattern of dissemination of fake news and anti-Western perspective throughout different Georgian media platforms.

The study, titled "Anti-Western Propaganda", looks at various statements made in Georgian broadcast and print media that establish the West, particularly the USA, as an enemy state. For example, Valeri Kvaratskhelia, a presenter for TV Obieqtivi said during one of the shows: “The USA has recently created a terrorist state, the so-called Islamic State, and used it for strengthening its hegemony in the Middle East. It was primarily Russia that went against it because Russia believed that the existence of a terrorist state was unacceptable.”

Why the Media Were Right to Republish Barr’s Racism PDF Print

Published: 5 June 2018

Country: USA

Screen_Shot_2018-06-11_at_07.21.28American TV network ABC cancelled the Roseanne Barr’s show after the American comedian made racist comments on Twitter about the former advisor to President Obama, Valarie Jarrett, who is black and is born in Iran to American parents. Barr, who is a long-time Trump supporter, was a star of the  long running sitcom “Roseanne” which apparently was the most popular US show of 2018. Many media outlets reporting a story on ABC cancelling Barr’s show, repeated and quoted exactly the same racist tweet. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) asked experts if those media should have avoided repeating Roseanne Barr’s racism.

ABC  explained their decision to the show citing that Barr’s statements are not reflective of the channel’s policies and belief and inconsistent with their  values."

50:50 Gender Split of Experts on BBC? PDF Print

Published: 17 May 2018

Country: UK

BBC_Gender_splitThe BBC has announced that it is seeking to ensure that there is a 50:50 gender split of expert voices across its programmes by April 2019.

The BBC has already pledged to increase women on screen, on air and in lead roles to 50% in 2020. When the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) team met the Head of BBC Diversity Department, Tunde Ogungbesan, he explained that women would make up half the people who appear on its TV and radio stations and in leading on-screen roles by 2020.

#JusticeForNoura: Can Social Media Save Her Life? PDF Print

Date: 15 May 2018

Country: Sudan

By Eline Jeanne

dnCAMQtfdqPEfcw-800x450-noPadNoura was just 16 when her father forced her into a marriage to Hammad Hussein. Determined to finish school, she was able to escape and take shelter at her aunt’s house. Three years later, her family tricked her into coming back home. Upon her return, she was forced to move into her husband’s home. Refusing to consummate the marriage, Noura’s husband raped her, with the help of some of his male relatives. When he tried to do the same again the next day, Noura defended herself with a knife, which left her husband with fatal wounds. Noura told her family what happened, and in response they have disowner her. Even more tragic, her father took her to the police, where she was charged with murder.

At Noura’s trial, she was charged with intentional murder. The applied law does not recognize marital rape, which means that Noura’s forced marriage to her husband and his subsequent rape of her were not take into account. In Sudan, the punishment for intentional murder is execution by hanging.

Hungarian Media Campaigns against Refugees and Soros PDF Print

Published: 11 April 2018

Country: Hungary

By Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2018-04-11_at_17.53.12After the Hungarian leader Viktor Orban won a landslide victory at the elections on Sunday, many international media commented on his anti-immigration rhetoric, his image of “Europe’s bad boy” and the challenges that his nationalistic policy poses to the EU liberal values.

The anti-migrants and refugees narrative has been pushed all over Europe proving to be a successful tool for the right and far-right movemnets. In Hungary, many media outlets supported the anti-immigration agenda of Orban’s party Fidesz. Both mainstream and social media have played a significant role in it. In a series of articles ahead of our panel at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia “Fascism is back. Is journalism part of the problem or a solution?", the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has questioned the role of the media in the rise of far-right in Europe.

A Media Storm: Antisemitism in the Labour Party PDF Print

Published: 4 April 2018

Country: UK

By Eline Jeanne

Screen_Shot_2018-04-04_at_11.55.09The past few days have seen the media reporting heavily on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, with a focus on antisemitism. This was triggered by a Facebook comment posted a few years ago by Corbyn underneath an image of an antisemitic wall mural, in which he questioned its removal. The issue was brought to light by Luciana Berger, Labour and Co-op MP for Liverpool Wavertree. On March 23rd she tweeted a screenshot of the artist’s Facebook page with Corbyn’s comment, as well as an image of the actual mural, writing that she was awaiting an explanation on this from the Leader’s Office. The case has ignited mass media coverage and debate, and the discussion has shown clear polarised views, both in and out of the Jewish community.

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