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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.

Is Charlie Hebdo Mocking Aylan Kurdi or Europe? PDF Print

Published: 16 September 2015

Region: Worldwide

Je_suis_or_Je_ne_suis_pas_CharlieFrench satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published a cartoon picturing a dead Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi and the message “So near his goal..." In the same cartoon there is McDonald’s clown sign promoting “two children's menus for the price of one”. But who and what is the target of this cartoon? Aylan Kurdi whose death on a Turkish beach, as many claim, changed the sentiment and attitude of most of the media towards the refugee crisis? Or does Charlie Hebdo attack Europe and its hypocritical, consumerist values and the way it deals with refugees such as Aylan?

Refugees have already been in a focus of Charlie Hebdo which published another cartoon entitled “The Proof that Europe is Christian”. It shows a little child drowning while a man, supposedly Jesus, stands on the water saying: “Christians walk on waters… Muslim kids sink.”

The Photo that Spurred Media Activism PDF Print

Published: 9 September 2015

Region: Worldwide

Aylan_Kurdi_PhotoDespite not being the first of this kind, the photo of lifeless washed up body of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian boy in a Turkish beach, with his face down and his sneakers still on, got the world’s attention.

It caused even more talk and discussions about current refugees’ crisis, but also about the human catastrophe unfolding in the Mediterranean for years. The publication of this photo posed also one of the most difficult ethical dilemmas for editors around the world – whether to publish distressing images of children, or not.

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