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BBC Top Paid Stars: White and Male PDF Print

Published: 28 July 2017

Country: UK

BBCThe recent disclosure of the top paid BBC journalists and presenters revealed that men are paid, in some cases, 4 times more than their female colleagues. A gender pay gap is ‘old news’ in the media industry, but it is also a reminder that the discrimination based on gender should be put to an end.

The media coverage of the topic in the light of the revelation within the BBC was extensive. Some front pages headlines include: “BBC’s gender pay gap revealed,” “Two-thirds of top-earning stars are men,” “Bloated Blokes Club”, while the Guardian pointed out to the lack of ethnic minorities amongst the 24 highest paid BBC stars.

 
Lack of Women Over 30 in German TV and Film PDF Print

Published: 26 July 2017

Country: Germany

German_Actress_FurtwanglerAfter the age of 30, women start to disappear from German screens. A recent study by the Rostock University reveals that in German film, more than half of the lead roles are male. Furthermore, 67% of protagonists on the TV – lead actors in TV series’, game show hosts, experts, spokespersons and journalists – are men.

Also, after the age of 50, the ratio of female to male appearances on TV and in film increases to three to one. Therefore, not only is there a disparity between younger men and women, but as they age, women become significantly more disadvantaged in the media profession, reveals the study.

 
Serbian Daily Politika Accused of Misogyny PDF Print

Published: 21 July 2017

Country: Serbia

PolitikaTwo women have been killed by their partners in the premises of the Serbian Social Welfare Centre. The brutality of these murders shocked the Serbian public, especially because these women were killed in an institution which supposedly offered a safe environment for victims of domestic violence. Most of the media in Serbia have been reporting on this incident for several days. However, only a few media outlets questioned the failure of Serbian society and its social services in protecting victims of domestic violence, most of whom are women.

Following this tragic event, one of the most prominent Serbian newspapers, Politika, which advertises itself as 'the oldest newspaper in the Balkans', published a fake interview with a fake expert relativising violence against women.

 
From Angels to Taxis: Media Shift in Reporting on Migrants’ Rescuers PDF Print

Date: 21 June 2017

Country: Italy

Italy_MigrantsItaly has seen a radical change in the narrative of search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Mediterranean Sea, shifting from gratitude and admiration to suspicion and intolerance. This is revealed by “Navigare a Vista: The Narrative of Migrants’ Search and Rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea”, an analysis of the media coverage of SAR operations by Osservatorio di Pavia, COSPE, and Associazione Carta di Roma, three Italian NGOs.

Despite the constantly divisive coverage of migration, for all 2016 - says the report - the image of rescuers remains positive, with portraits of “heroes” and “sea angels” saving thousands of lives from drowning in the sea. But the first months of 2017 see a turning point in this dominant narrative.   “The work of the NGOs is under scrutiny, dissonant opinions emerge, and the good faith of the organisations and their humanitarian spirit are now challenged, up to allegations of being part of the so called business of migration,” report reveals.

 
King’s College:”The EU Referendum Campaign was the Most Divisive and Fear-Provoking” PDF Print

Published: 20 June 2017

Country: UK

Kings_College_EU_RefImmigration was the most prominent referendum issue in the UK media during the EU Referendum campaign in 2016, finds a study published by King’s College London’s Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power. After analysing 15 000 articles published in the UK during the EU Referendum campaign, King’s College’s researchers concluded that some media outlets blamed migrants for many political, social and economic ills. Some media blamed migrants for taking, but also for not taking British benefits, for violence, rape, traffic congestion, creating a schools crisis, costing a fortune to detain/imprison, even for benefitting from cheaper weddings.

King’s College study also finds that the EU Referendum campaign was ‘the UK’s most divisive, hostile, negative and fear-provoking of the 21st century’ and the national media’s inflammatory rhetoric was at least partly responsible for this. On the subject of anti-immigration sentiments, the researchers argue that although it is impossible to prove a direct link between hate speech and the recorded increase in hate crimes following the referendum, ‘explicitly blaming migrants for economic and social problems […] is almost certain to stoke resentment’.

 
London Attack: Have Some UK Media Overreacted? PDF Print

Published: 24 March 2017

Country: UK

London_attack_front_pagesThe day after the Westminster attack, a number of front pages of British newspapers were filled with words such as “terror”, “rampage”, “maniac”. The breaking news coverage on many radio and TV stations was constant. The so-called columnist Katie Hopkins was again given a platform in some British tabloids and on Fox TV to spread hate, racism, Islamophobia and all sorts of discriminative rhetoric. Some anti-Muslim blogs misused and misinterpreted a photograph of a girl in hijab on Westminster Bridge. Could some media do better than this?

“Journalists struggle with the accelerating pace of the news cycle and the complicated and diverse nature of terrorism itself,” reads the report Reporting Terror in a Networked World, by Charlie Becket for the Tow Centre at Columbia University in New York. “Especially in the context of breaking news,” it continues, “they have to adapt to the speed and complexity of information flows that are increasingly influenced by the authorities, the digital platforms, and even the terrorists themselves”. But have some of the media outlets rushed to characterise the London attack as a "terrorist attack"?

 
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