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Nice, Paris, Istanbul, Orlando: Toxification by the Media PDF Print

Published: 15 July 2016

Country: France

Nice_Attack_FrontpagesA day after several dozens of people were killed during the attack in Nice, one of the main French public television channels, France 2, apologised for its coverage during the night. TV France 2 apologised for broadcasting “shocking images and testimonies” during its special programme. “Broadcasting graphic images does not comply with the conception of information that our journalists and the whole team have,” states the French television explaining that “special circumstances led to an error in judgement”.

But “special circumstances” such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks and catastrophes are part of everyday media reporting. There are many guides and ethical codes for journalists on how to report in these situations. Why then the media repeat their mistakes? Media sensationalism and journalists’ chase for information additionally sped up with unchecked facts coming sometimes from unreliable online sources, may lead to toxification of the public sphere.

Orlando Shooting: In a Search for (Simple) Answers PDF Print

Published: 17 June 2016

Region: US, Worldwide

By Dasha Ilic

Orlando_LGBTIt was the deadliest mass shooting in the US since the 9/11 attacks. That is the fact that every reporter could agree on. Almost everything else in the media coverage of the mass killings in a gay club in Orlando was subject to interpretation.

In the worldwide media coverage a few key angles  stood out: homophobia, Islamic terrorism, mental illness and gun control. By simplifying and rushing to give answers in the early hours after the attack, some media not only gave a false portrayal of what happened in Orlando including who the attacker and his victims were, but also jumped into stereotypes and stigmatisation. Answers, let alone simple answers, weren’t available.

Victims or Terrorists: Stereotypes Against Muslim Women Originate in the Media PDF Print

Region: Europe

Date: 2 June 2016

By Giulia Dessì, author of ENAR report on Italy and MDI project coordinator

islamophobia_muslim_women_front_pageThe stereotypical binary representation of Muslim women as either oppressed or dangerous prevails in the media in Europe, a new study by ENAR (European Network Against Racism) shows.

Many news stories related to Muslim women are related to violations of women’s rights, which contributes to constructing negative stereotypes within society, states the European report “Forgotten Women: the impact of Islamophobia on Muslim women”.  Muslim women are perceived to embody a homogeneous group, with no distinctions, supporting domestic violence and terrorism, homophobia, gender inequality and traditional gender roles. “Such a framing of Muslims as a ‘problem’, with a particular negative attention to women, contributes to creating a fertile ground for discriminatory practices and violence on the ground,” says the European comparative report.

BAFTA and BBC Pledge More Diversity on TV Screens PDF Print

Published: 18 May 2016

Country: UK

Lenny_HenryThis year’s BAFTA award ceremony will be remembered by passionate speeches of TV stars that used the opportunity to warn against the latest British government’s plan for the BBC. The  serious tone at BAFTA’s continued with calls for greater diversity on screen. Diversity champion, comedian sir Larry Henry received a special BAFTA award this year, repeating calls for more black and minority ethnic groups in TV industry.

"I am truly humbled and truly hopeful that this award is a pan-industry acknowledgement that diversity must be at the heart of our industry if we are to reflect British society now and, most importantly, in the future," said Henry.

But what has changed in terms of having more diversity and inclusion in the British media?

'Auschwitz was the end, while the story began here' PDF Print

Country: Greece

Published: 28 April 2016

Holocaust_Remembrance_walk_-_photo_by_Antonis_GazakisWhat is the story of Jews of Thessaloniki and what places today tell us of what happened during the Holocaust? The history of the city – intended to become “Greek” and “Christian” after its annexation to Greece – has heavily contributed to the extent of extermination of Thessaloniki Jews during WW2 and the consequences are still visible in today’s society.

Symbiosis radio, as part of MDI project 'Get The Trolls Out!' interviewed Giannis Glarnetatzis, historian and guide of the Holocaust remembrance walk by the Thessaloniki Antiracist Initiative. [Listen to the full podcast in Greek here]

Media Reporting on Identity-Based Violence PDF Print

Date: 28 April 2016

Country: UK

DSC_0051At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia earlier this month, where MDI was present, one of the panels, “Does independence in journalism have a future?” discussed the fine lines between advocacy and journalism. The debate included an account of the importance and the means, for journalists and media development associations, of nurturing and supporting grassroots voices from regions facing violent and extremist attacks.

Giulia Dessi of MDI interviewed one of the panellists, Kate Ferguson, experienced policy analyst and founder of Protection Approaches, on the role of the media in defending the rights of peoples around the world who are violently targeted because of their identity.

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