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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.

Sexism in the Media Coverage of Theresa May PDF Print

Published: 19 July 2016

Country: UK

Theresa_May_PM_PressSome British media could not avoid falling into stereotyping and gender insensitive reporting when Theresa May took over the job of the UK Prime Minister. The fact that her rival in the race for 10 Downing Street was another woman, Andrea Leadsom, propelled articles on shoes, cooking and motherhood. Instead of focusing on candidates’ policies, ideas and work, some tabloids but also BBC and the Telegraph slipped into textbook stereotypes about female politicians.

Profiling Theresa May and giving reasons why she should be the Prime Minister, the Telegraph reported: “She’s been married to the same man since 1980 (morally sound: check), doesn’t have any children (could be a turn-off for some but it does mean she’s less likely to be distracted on the job). She cooks a new recipe every week and goes to church every Sunday: she knows there’s more to life than Westminster”.

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.

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