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US Elections, Media Coverage and Minorities' Issues PDF Print

Published: 10 November 2016

Country: USA

Trump_Journalists"I honestly don't know what to say. I am a woman. I am a woman of color. I am an immigrant woman of color. I am an immigrant non-Christian woman of color. And I'm viscerally horrified at the direction this country has taken, though, as my friend Brig Feltus notes with her poignant words, I should not be surprised,” wrote Nirmala Nataraj on her Facebook wall after Donald Trump was elected to be the next president of the United States.

There have been many articles, interviews and comments on what Trump’s victory means for the future of the country and the world, how it will affect racial relationships amongst the American population and what percentage of the immigrants should be worried when they become openly told that they are not welcome anymore. Without simplifying reasons and circumstances that brought Trump to the White House or trying to blame anyone for the fact that 47,5% of the American voters wanted him as the president, it is important to put the media under the spotlight. Were the American media treating racial, ethnic and gender issues enough when reporting on Trump-Clinton electoral race? How often journalists talk to the people such as Nirmala Nateraj? How often they ask them for the opinion?

Latin American Media and the Paralympic Games PDF Print

Published: 27 September 2016

Region: Latin America

paralympics_Rio_2016Media coverage of the Paralympic Games around the world differs. While Channel 4 in the UK continues to lead the way with its well-received and determined TV coverage, Indian media were criticised for the lack of reporting, as well as the US media for not sending enough journalists to Rio this year to cover the Paralympic Games. But how the media in Brazil and some other countries in Latin American covered the Paralympics, the international competition for disabled athletes that follows the Olympics?

Instead of focusing in the determination of athletes around the world in the Paralympic Games, some Latin American media as well as Brazilian media have focused in reporting only on their own winners. Additionally, some media have featured an emotional reporting of athletes with disabilities instead of spotlighting their achievements and efforts. Sensationalism over accuracy has been the main problem of the Paralympics media coverage.

Media Coverage of the Belgrade Pride 2016 PDF Print

Date: 18 September 2016

Country: Serbia, Belgrade

Belgrade_Pride_2016Many Serbian media outlets covered the Pride Parade in Belgrade from the security angle reporting that the gathering of activists and citizens who celebrated LGBT rights was guarded by strong police forces and was held without incidents. The Serbian public service broadcaster, Radio Televizija Srbije (RTS), has also made sure that the security aspect appeared in the headline without providing live coverage of the event.

Although most of the mainstream media in Serbia didn’t use openly homophobic language, they are far from fair and inclusive reporting about the LGBT community. On the day of the Pride Parade, some tabloids used the opportunity to remind their readership of the “true values of the Serbian society such as family and Serbian orthodox faith”.

What the Burkini Ban Says about World Media PDF Print

Published: 5 September 2016

Region: Worldwide

Burkini_and_BikiniBurkini ban on French Riviera caused a worldwide public debate and some memorable responses and posts on social media. Outrage started when armed policemen forced a woman on a Nice beach to remove her burkini, a full length swimsuit. The same ban had previously been introduced in other French cities because, as the mayor of Cannes David Lisner explained, “burkinis are a symbol of Islamic extremism and are not respectful of good morals and secularism.” After strong public reaction, France’s highest administrative court has ruled that burkini ban is “clearly illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties such as the freedom of movement, freedom of conscience and personal liberty”.

But how did the world media cover the burkini ban in France? Who did journalists talk to and whose voice was missing from the media coverage?

Rio 2016: Some Media Trapped in Sexist Coverage PDF Print

Published: 18 August 2016

Region: Worldwide

Screen_Shot_2016-08-18_at_19.37.15Instead of celebrating the biggest number of female athletes competing in this year Olympic games in Rio then in any other Olympics, as the sign of moving towards gender diversity in sport, some media outlets slipped (again) into sexist coverage. Several media around the world have proved that discrimination against women in sport, as well as against women journalists reporting on sport events such as Olympics, is still present.

When Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the gold medal and broke a world record in the 400-meter individual medley, NBC showed a split screen of her cheering husband and coach Shane Tusup. Commentator Dan Hick suggested that this was “the guy responsible” for her victory.

EBU: Strong Public Service Media Good for Democracy PDF Print

Published: 16 August 2016

Region: Europe

Screen_Shot_2016-08-18_at_19.44.10A healthy democracy is partially dependent on its public service media, according to a new research by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s leading alliance of public service broadcaster.

Based on data from 25 European countries, the EBU report shows the positive impact that strong publicly funded television and radio has had on voter turnout, control of corruption and press freedom. It also says that there is a strong correlation between a country’s public service broadcaster’s market and the demand for right-wing extremism.

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