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Media Reporting on Identity-Based Violence PDF Print

Date: 28 April 2016

Country: UK

DSC_0051At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia earlier this month, where MDI was present, one of the panels, “Does independence in journalism have a future?” discussed the fine lines between advocacy and journalism. The debate included an account of the importance and the means, for journalists and media development associations, of nurturing and supporting grassroots voices from regions facing violent and extremist attacks.

Giulia Dessi of MDI interviewed one of the panellists, Kate Ferguson, experienced policy analyst and founder of Protection Approaches, on the role of the media in defending the rights of peoples around the world who are violently targeted because of their identity.

Celebration of Diversity amongst Women in Armenia PDF Print

Date: 8 March 2016

Country: Armenia

Armenia_8_March“Women are different.” That was the main slogan Armenia’s Feminist Platform group chose to mark the International Women’s Day this year. Everyone regardless of age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, whether local or foreigner, from village or city, was invited to join the march in capital Yerevan and to “celebrate different ways of being a woman”, reports Gay Armenia.

But there were some bystanders visibly aggravated by the march. Some of them even stopped protesters to inform them that such public actions are “shameful and ugly phenomena.”

Why the Oscars are So White PDF Print

Published: 28 January 2016

Region: Worldwide

Oscar_CeremonyJust as the American Film Academy announced “substantive changes” after widespread criticism over the lack of diversity, the French Academy published its list of nominations which looks very different than the one that came out from Hollywood. In the competition for the French Awards – César, there is a visible inclusion of women and minorities. For example, three out of seven nominated directors are women, while there is none in the Oscars. Not only ethnic minorities, but foreign-language movies are well represented. It is reported that two movies nominated for nine César Awards each, aren’t shot in French.

Why are the Oscars not inclusive? The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) joined the debate that was initiated when the Academy in four acting categories did not nominate a single Black, Hispanic, Asian or any other performer who is not white.

Why Broadcasters Need to Challenge Hate-Mongers PDF Print

Published: 22 January 2015

Country: UK

By Tom Law, Communications Officer of the Ethical Journalism Network for Get the Trolls Out.

BBC_Radio_LondonIn 2015 hate-speech became a mainstream concern for news media. Violent propaganda from media-savvy terrorists, loose language from populist politicians and bigoted journalism from the likes of Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins over the migration and refugee crisis have all put journalists and editors on their guard.

In today’s digital environment everyone can have their say but very often the discourse is poisoned by hate and intolerance. An example of how easy it is for unwary journalists to be caught out came on 22 December 2015 during the Simon Lederman show on BBC Radio London.  Get the Trolls Out, a Media Diversity Institute project to counter antisemitic hate speech in Europe, reports that a caller, “Andy from St Margaret’s”, was allowed 13 minutes on air to rant about Jewish world domination.

Serbian Minister Makes Sexist Remarks PDF Print

Published: 23 December 2015

Country: Serbia

Serbian_Minister_GasicFor a while it seemed like the Serbian Defence Minister Bratislav Gasic will lose his position because of the sexist insult to a reporter two weeks ago. He said, in front of cameras and many reporters and while one female journalist crouched down to get out of her camera operator’s shot: “I love female journalists who get down on their knees easily”.

As the Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is the man who decides about almost everything in the country, including when and how the Christmas lights will be lighten up, he also announced that Gasic will have to leave the Government. “We need to protect women in Serbia. It was a bad message for all women. A minister cannot afford to say that,” Vucic said. But officially Minister Gasic still holds the ministerial position.  In the meantime, Serbian journalists and their associations organised a protest in front of the Government building calling all the colleagues to defend the proffesion.

Unethical Reporting on Migrants and Refugees in Europe PDF Print

Published: 18 December 2015

Region: Europe

Serbia_refugeesThe full scale of refugee crisis has become known to the wider public only when news programmes and newspapers ran it as top story in 2015. The question is why many mainstream media and journalists failed to report on migration of people from the conflict areas such as Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, before the crisis occurred at the borders of the EU?

Today the world is marking the International Migrants Day with predications coming from UNHCR that the number of people fleeing war and violence in 2015 is likely to break all previous records. The global refugee total, which a year ago was 19.5 million, had as of mid-2015 passed the 20 million threshold (20.2 million) for the first time since 1992. But most of the European media and notably tabloids, failed to respond to the crisis in an ethical and professional way.

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