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Burqa, Veils and Burkini in the Arab Media PDF Print

Published: 19 November 2016

Region: Worldwide

Screen_Shot_2016-11-20_at_11.37.37Indian Sport Shooter Heena Sidhu has decided to “skip the Asian air weapon competition” held in Tehran due to the country’s requirement for all female competitors to wear a hijab. She explained her decision in a few posts in her Twitter account saying: “I’m not revolutionary. But I feel that making it mandatory for even a sportsperson to wear a hijab is not the spirit of sport. I’m proud to be a sportsperson because people from different cultures, backgrounds, sexes, ideologies and religions can come together and compete without biases”.

The use of hijab, burqa and other dress codes for women has been in media focus around the world. In the context of war on terror after 9/11 and more recent attacks in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Istanbul and elsewhere, many media tackle this issue from the perspective of religions' differences.

 
South Social Film Festival - Celebration of Diversity in Cinema PDF Print

Published: 17 November 2017

Country: UK, London

Screen_Shot_2016-11-20_at_10.35.10South Social Film Festival is not an ordinary festival. Its focus is on independent international cinema by not only screening various films from around the world, but also by playing music and serving food from the country of the film. The festival is celebrating its first anniversary on 27 November at the Cinema Museum in London.

South Social Film Festival celebrates diversity of communities by giving the independent, international cinema a home in South London to encourage a fair representation of different cultures, voices and stories. This is a not-for-profit film festival.

 
Action Day Against Antisemitic Hate Speech PDF Print

Date: 9 November 2016

Region: Europe

30210459904_ba9b1a32c5_zOn the night between 9 and 10 November 1938, a night which than became known as Kristallnacht, a series of anti-Jewish pogroms happened in Nazi Germany and occupied Austria. Today, the 9 of November, which was the first step towards the Nazis’ extermination of the European Jewry, is observed across Europe as a day of memory and action: International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism.

This year, the No Hate Speech Movement, a youth campaign of the Council of Europe for human rights online, organised an Action Day specifically focused on combatting Antisemitic Hate Speech.

 
US Elections, Media Coverage and Minorities' Issues PDF Print

Published: 10 November 2016

Country: USA

Trump_Journalists"I honestly don't know what to say. I am a woman. I am a woman of color. I am an immigrant woman of color. I am an immigrant non-Christian woman of color. And I'm viscerally horrified at the direction this country has taken, though, as my friend Brig Feltus notes with her poignant words, I should not be surprised,” wrote Nirmala Nataraj on her Facebook wall after Donald Trump was elected to be the next president of the United States.

There have been many articles, interviews and comments on what Trump’s victory means for the future of the country and the world, how it will affect racial relationships amongst the American population and what percentage of the immigrants should be worried when they become openly told that they are not welcome anymore. Without simplifying reasons and circumstances that brought Trump to the White House or trying to blame anyone for the fact that 47,5% of the American voters wanted him as the president, it is important to put the media under the spotlight. Were the American media treating racial, ethnic and gender issues enough when reporting on Trump-Clinton electoral race? How often journalists talk to the people such as Nirmala Nateraj? How often they ask them for the opinion?

 
Unique MA Diversity and the Media Combines Theory and Practice PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2016

Country: UK

by Roxane Biedermann

Ma_students_2The number of students attending the MA in Diversity and the Media in 2016/17 at the Westminster University has tripled.  Twenty four students attend the course, designed and set up in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI). From year to year, this unique MA course is changing, mostly following new trends in journalism, communication and the media. Also, this year there are new lecturers such as a filmmaker Rani Khanna teaching “Reporting Diversity: Gender, Sexuality, Age, Disability” module.

Professor Roza Tsagarousianou, who is in charge of the course, says there are numerous reasons why students express big interest in diversity in the media and related issues. “They know why they came”, says Tsagarousianou.

 
Bans on Holocaust Denial Don’t help Jews PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2016

Region: Worldwide

by professor Eric Heinze*

Holocaust_memorialI’d rather not think about how horrible Germany would be’, exclaimed Stephan J. Kramer, General Secretary of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, ‘if Holocaust denial were lawful’. What else could he say? The Holocaust had almost extinguished Germany’s Jewish community.  Numbers have revived since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but remain tiny.

To be clear, German law provides iron-clad guarantees for free speech.  For decades, the range and quality of the country’s print and broadcast media have been second to none, noticeably superior in breadth and depth to those of English-speaking nations.  Notwithstanding the bogus scientific façade, however, Holocaust denial is unequivocally hate speech, as research has repeatedly shown.

 
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