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Moving Stories: EJN Report on Media Coverage of Migrants PDF Print

Published: 18 December 2015

Region: Worldwide

EJN_Report_Refugees_GreeceJournalists, who report on refugee crisis and migration, often fail to tell the full story and routinely fall into propaganda traps laid by politicians, says the report published by the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN). The report Moving Stories reviews media coverage in European Union and another 14 countries around the world.

The 100-page report highlights how journalists and media in Europe failed to raise the alarm about an imminent influx of refugees fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, even though the story was there to be told a year before the crisis broke in 2015. It also highlights anti-migrant and anti-Muslim statements by some politicians and public figures, as well as sensationalism in reporting on migration and refugee crisis.

Paris Attacks: What the Media Could Have Done Differently PDF Print

Published: 24 November 2015

Region: Worldwide

Le_ParisienDouble standards, anti-Muslim rhetoric, generalisations and spreading fear from their front pages – this is what some of the leading news organisations, as well as tabloids, have been criticised for since the tragic events on 9/11 in the US. Covering the Paris attacks, some journalists have failed to practice ethical reporting, did not fact-check and did not quote only reliable sources thus spreading xenophobia, hatred and discrimination.

Reporting on the Paris attacks should have been different than the forms of journalism we saw in the coverage of the Iraq war, the Ukraine and the refugee crisis. Most of the editors and reporters could have avoided repeating a monolithic approach to the Muslim population, as CNN did assigning collective responsibility to a Muslim civil right activist in Paris.

Antisemitism in Greek Newspaper: Ridiculous or Dangerous? PDF Print

Published: 20 November 2015

Country: Greece

By Antonis Gazakis (Symbiosis) for Get The Trolls Out!

eleftheri_oraEleftheri Ora, a Greek far right-wing newspaper distributed on a national level has been violating basic rules of journalism ethics by spreading frightful hate speech and antisemitic slanders. “The rabbi, the imam and Tsipras Islamise Greece! Greeks, wake up to see who you voted for – the Jewish ‘messiah’ and Europe’s genocide by the Islamists” is just one of the xenophobic and hateful headlines appearing on its front pages.

Despite its relatively small circulation, state prosecution and media association in Greece could have done more in reacting to antisemitism on the pages of the newspaper smearing against Jewish observances (“the horrible predictions concerning Jewish“Shmita”–the“year of Lucifer began on September 13!”), claiming conspiracy theories (“The Jewish free masons Merkel and Schäuble try to snaffle Greece’s fossil resources!” and “They hide Jews in the Lagarde list”! – Giorgos Palmos: They are considering prescription to support the Jews of their…employee, Alexis Tsipras!”), and giving voice to incendiary antisemites (“General Ayfantis: “‘Tsipras, an Islamised Jew’ – how he plays the Zionist game – SYRIZA attempts to complete the murder of the Greek nation”).

“Why Pinch if You Can Punch?” – Zunar Talks to MDI PDF Print

Published: 18 November 2015

Country: Malaysia

By Giulia Dessi

ZunarZunar, the most famous cartoonist in Malaysia, is facing a maximum prison sentence of 43 years. Nine charges, under the British colonial-era Sedition Act, have been filed against him for nine tweets that he posted last February. In these tweets, considered seditious and detrimental to the public order, Zunar verbally slapped the judges of the cloudy trial against Anwar Ibrahim, opposition leader controversially convicted for sodomy in February.

After the ban on the sale of most of his books (the ban has been lifted on two of them earlier this month), several detentions, raids to his office in Kuala Lumpur, and the confiscation of hundred copies of his books and magazines, this trial is the ultimate attempt by the government to shut him up. With a surprising turn, however, Zunar’s lawyers have applied to the country's high court to consider whether the Sedition Act is constitutional.

Gender Equality Through Women's Magazines? PDF Print

Published: 19 October 2015

Region: Worldwide

Women_Kenya_Village_2The term “women’s magazines” in many cases prompts us to think of fashion and beauty tips, as well as the women’s objectification that has been often observed on publications dedicated to female readership.

Still, as the Columbia Journalism Review reported, there have been interesting developments within the women-oriented websites. Fashion tips are not the only trending topics, as more serious issues have started dominating in these women’s dedicated websites. Platforms such as Refinery 29 or Cosmopolitan have published articles on acts of resistance to ethnic oppression, women’s stigmatization, and politics, and the media outlet Vice News has recently launched Broadly, a website and digital video channel devoted to representing the multiplicity of women's experiences.

Arab Media Coverage of the Refugee Crisis PDF Print

Published: 9 October 2015

Region: Worldwide

RefugeesAs millions of Syrians refugees began to embark on the dangerous journey to Europe or died along the way, their stories have been dominating Arab newspapers, popular TV shows and social media platforms. Media coverage varied across outlets and great volume included condemnation of alleged Arab indifference, calls for internal reforms and criticism of the West.

Some media in the Arab countries expressed an outrage towards Gulf leaders, accusing them of being the ‘elephants in the room’ when it comes to their lack of support and responsibility for fleeing Syrian refugees. The Gulf Times, an English daily in Qatar, compared welcoming signs greeting refugees in Austria and Germany with the silence of the Gulf. Muhammad Hussein, a columnist for the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, wrote that the viral photo of Aylan Kurdi encapsulates all the disasters that afflict the Arab world.

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