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“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.

Operation Storm: Some Media Still in the 90's PDF Print

Published: 28 August 2015

Country: Serbia

Media_Coverage_of_Operation_StormTwenty years after the war in former Yugoslavia, officials and media in Croatia and Serbia had marked the anniversary of Operation Storm in a very different way.  Some in Croatia were celebrating the Victory Day on the 5th of August. On the other side, some media and officials in Serbia were remembering victims and almost 200,000 Serbs who fled Croatia. Covering the Anniversary of Operation Storm, many media outlets resembled what they were back in 90’s when they were fostering hatred, spreading propaganda and inflaming conflict in Yugoslavia.

Media coverage in Serbia was thoroughly analysed by Tamara Skrozza, a prominent journalist and media ethics expert. In her report for Cenzolovka website, Skrozza noted that most of the content she analysed was biased. Also, none of the Serbian media who were analysed did not raise a question of responsibility that some of the leading political figures in Serbia today might have had during the events in August 20 years ago.

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