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MDI at the Global Minority Rights Summer School PDF Print

Dates: 10 – 16 July 2016

Country: Hungary, Budapest

Ivana_Jelaca_at_TLI_Summer_SchoolAre minority rights still relevant? Participants of the 4th Global Minority Rights Summer School in Budapest tried to find the answers. They examined legislation and policies to protect minority rights worldwide, while the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Ivana Jelaca highlighted the role of the media. Jelaca claimed that not only the existence of minority media is necessary, but the minorities have to be included and represented in the mainstream media too.

At the Summer School organised by Tom Lantos Institute in Budapest, participants coming from all over Europe, discussed terminological definitions of ‘minorities’ as well as the differences between human rights, minority rights and indigenous people’s rights.

Join the Q&A on Countering Hate Speech! #askGTTO PDF Print

Date: 22 July 2016

Region: Europe

wifi_2Hate speech online: how to stop it? Should you respond to it? Do counter narratives work? How to keep safe from online abuse and hate speech? Answers to these and many other questions can be found under #askGTTO on Friday 22 July. We invite you to join our Q&A session on Twitter!

The Media Diversity Institute and its project Get the Trolls Out will take action on the European Day of Victims of Hate Crime, 22 July.

From our @GettheTrollsOut Twitter account, our experts on hate speech will answer your questions. Join the conversation and ask a question by using the hashtag #askGTTO. The answers will be compiled in an article on our website that will be used as a helpful resource.

Sexism in the Media Coverage of Theresa May PDF Print

Published: 19 July 2016

Country: UK

Theresa_May_PM_PressSome British media could not avoid falling into stereotyping and gender insensitive reporting when Theresa May took over the job of the UK Prime Minister. The fact that her rival in the race for 10 Downing Street was another woman, Andrea Leadsom, propelled articles on shoes, cooking and motherhood. Instead of focusing on candidates’ policies, ideas and work, some tabloids but also BBC and the Telegraph slipped into textbook stereotypes about female politicians.

Profiling Theresa May and giving reasons why she should be the Prime Minister, the Telegraph reported: “She’s been married to the same man since 1980 (morally sound: check), doesn’t have any children (could be a turn-off for some but it does mean she’s less likely to be distracted on the job). She cooks a new recipe every week and goes to church every Sunday: she knows there’s more to life than Westminster”.

Nice, Paris, Istanbul, Orlando: Toxification by the Media PDF Print

Published: 15 July 2016

Country: France

Nice_Attack_FrontpagesA day after several dozens of people were killed during the attack in Nice, one of the main French public television channels, France 2, apologised for its coverage during the night. TV France 2 apologised for broadcasting “shocking images and testimonies” during its special programme. “Broadcasting graphic images does not comply with the conception of information that our journalists and the whole team have,” states the French television explaining that “special circumstances led to an error in judgement”.

But “special circumstances” such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks and catastrophes are part of everyday media reporting. There are many guides and ethical codes for journalists on how to report in these situations. Why then the media repeat their mistakes? Media sensationalism and journalists’ chase for information additionally sped up with unchecked facts coming sometimes from unreliable online sources, may lead to toxification of the public sphere.

MDI at UNESCO European MIL Forum PDF Print

Dates: 27 – 29 June 2016

Country: Latvia, Riga

UNESCO_European_MILThe Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans participated at the UNESCO Second European Media and Information Forum. Participants at the event held in Riga on 27-29 June discussed media and information literacy (MIL) in the European media landscape, discussed challanges and reviewed some successful stories of how to empower audience to be more critical and skilful in the digital enviroment. One of the key conclusions of the Forum is about the substantial lack of knowledge about the ’other’ in the media, as well as about the need for intercultural dialogue.

Connecting Youth of the Western Balkans PDF Print

Date: 4 July 2016

Country: France, Paris

Youth_ConferenceOver 150 young people from the Western Balkans and EU countries gathered at the Connecting Youth conference in Paris on 4 July. They  discussed challenges for  youth in the region, mostly in areas of education and mobility, employment and entrepreneurship, participation and the media.

The Media Diversity Institute representative at the Connecting Youth “Western Balkans Youth Conference”, Ivana Jelaca, talked about similarities between young people in different countries in the region. “Initiatives like the Youth conference are very important because only by increasing the cooperation between young people in the region they will be able to see that they face similar challenges and that the differences between themselves are not as big as their societies and often the media, tend to highlight,” said Jelaca.

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