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Turkish Parliamentary Candidate Too Open About His Sexuality? PDF Print

Published: 3 June 2015

Country: Turkey

By Adil Yilmaz

Turkish_MP_CandidateTurkish media outlets supporting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s conservative party AKP did not hold back their homophobia when reporting on Turkey’s first openly gay general elections candidate Barış Sulu. The LGBT rights activist standing for the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the city of Eskisehir was subject to a public smear campaign led by government-friendly media, aimed to discredit Sulu by exposing his personal life.

Haber 10 and Yeni Akit published a series of personal photos of Sulu and his partner to ‘expose his immoral and indecent lifestyle’. These media outlets described the photos as ‘inappropriate’ and ‘scandalous’, as the couple did not try to hide their relationship. Although the photos were far from displaying explicit content, even an innocent kiss appeared to cause outrage among some right-wing media which considered it necessary to blur out the entire photo to protect their readers from being exposed to two ‘half-naked men kissing’.

Daily Mail Blames Migrants for Ruined Holidays PDF Print

Published: 29 May 2015

Region: Europe, Worldwide

by Dasha Ilic

KosBritish tabloid Daily Mail has hit a new low by publishing articles from the Greek island Kos, lacking any professional and ethical reporting and also targeting one of the most vulnerable groups – migrants. The tabloid focuses on UK tourists ‘whose holidays are ruined’ because of the migrants coming mostly from Syria and Afghanistan and their presence on the Greek island. In short, the Daily Mail direct the accusations for ‘ruined holidays’ towards migrants describing them as ‘penniless’ and blaming them for ‘sleeping out on the streets’ and for ‘sitting around the restaurants and watching tourists eat’.

New UK Government to Vet Broadcast Media for Extremist Content PDF Print

Published: 27 May 2015

Country: UK

TV_Test_cardBritish government made it clear in what direction wants to take the country by proposing a set of legislation including the counter-terrorism bill targeting electronic media. Ofcom as the UK regulatory body would be given new powers to take actions against channels which broadcast extremist content, although it is unclear whether they will be able to intervene before or after transmission.

The Guardian wrote in its editorial that “pre-programme vetting is such a terrible idea that it is hard to know where to begin”. Mike Jempson of MediaWise told MDI that one of his concerns is matter of definition. “Who is to determine what is regarded as extremism?”

Hugh Muir: Diversity Includes a Social Deprivation PDF Print

Published: 22 May 2015

Country: UK

Journalism_Students“We need more diversity in our media. We need more minorities, women, and journalists with disabilities in our newsrooms.” Diversity advocates, including the Guardian’s columnist Hugh Muir, keep repeating and explaining why the UK media need more diverse content that get produced in not so diverse newsrooms. But in this week’s article Muir suggested that “along with women, people from minorities and those with disabilities, we also need to hear from those who have suffered social deprivation.”

“We lack not just people who fit the diversity critieria of race and sex and gender, but also those whose difference is rooted in circumstance, deprivation and class. The good thing is that the diversity fund sees that deficiency and gives everyone a chance, but there is only so much this initiative and others like it can do about a deep-rooted problem. This matters. Until we open things up, much of the news you read will continue to be much of a muchness,” wrote Muir for the Guardian.

Caitlyn Jenner, a Hero of Transgender Community? PDF Print

Published: 20 May 2015*

Country: US

* At the time of the publishing of this article, Jenner still wanted to be reffered to as Bruce.

Bruce_JennerMedia in the US have been flooded with thousands of articles on Bruce Jenner’s transition. He wants to be reffered to as 'he' for now. The media spectacle reached its peak with Jenner’s two-hour interview which attracted over 17 million viewers and numerous social media posts expressing admiration for his ‘brave and heroic’ public stance. The Huffington Post described his coming out as ‘a breakthrough in our culture’.

But how Jenner’s coming out will affect trans* communities, especially the way media portray them? Will his public exposure in the setting of celebrity reality shows’ help the cause of transgender people without slipping into a danger of being commercialised and capitalised on?

How the Media Make Us Feel Good about Migrants PDF Print

Published: 12 May 2015

Region: Europe

By Adil Yilmaz

Migrants_BoatEuropean media outlets portrayed the death of hundreds of migrants in April as a great shock to Europe, as if the European Union were not aware of the issues concerning the highly dangerous journey undertaken by hundreds of refugees every day.

Mainstream media covered the story very much like a devastating natural disaster by describing the incident as a ‘tragedy’ and a ‘refugee drama’, a choice of language that reflects the supposed helplessness of benevolent Europe concerning the circumstances under which migrants are forced to travel to find refuge in ‘fortress Europe’.

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