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Media Discrimination against Roma PDF Print

Dates: 26 June – 1 July 2016

Country: Hungary

MDI_at_Tom_Lantos_InstituteThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) contributed to the European Summer School on Prejudice, Genocide,  Remembrance in Budapest by holding a workshop on responsability of the media with a special focus on Romaphobia. MDI Communication manager Dasha Ilic presented several cases of discrimination against Roma in the UK and European media offering advice and tips on how to report diversity in responsible and professional way.

"Journalists and reporters coming from marginalised and socially deprived background should be given space to report on topics that are not related to minorities’ issues. Our newsrooms always have to have journalists coming from marginalised communities so that they help us learn and understand those communities better. But they shouldn’t be given a task to exclusively report only on the communities they are coming from but also on any other topic such as Brexit or the proposed state budget,” said Ilic.

 
Communication Experts for MDI PDF Print

Published: 5 July 2016

Region: Worldwide

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is looking for communication experts with experience in working with different EU Country Delegations in organising communication events, production of multimedia materials, design and production of publications for different sectors.

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After Brexit, Media to Say No to Racism and Xenophobia PDF Print

Published: 26 June 2016

Country: UK

Brexit_MediaThere were threating xenophobic, anti-immigration tones in some British press, mostly tabloids, all along the campaign for EU referendum. Not only that many representatives of the Leave campaign spread the message that “the EU immigration system is immoral and unfair”, but some media outlets including two best-selling tabloids, mostly ignored economic reasons for staying or leaving the EU and focused their coverage on migrants and reasons on why they are not wanted in the UK.

“EU migrants are more likely to have a job in the UK than British citizens”, claimed Daily Mail while the Sun warned about “migrant surge if we stay in the EU”. Both papers backed the Leave campaign. It came as no surprise that hundreds of people hit the streets of some of England and Scotland's biggest cities in protest over the "anti-immigration" tone of the pro-Brexit campaign.

 
Orlando Shooting: In a Search for (Simple) Answers PDF Print

Published: 17 June 2016

Region: US, Worldwide

By Dasha Ilic

Orlando_LGBTIt was the deadliest mass shooting in the US since the 9/11 attacks. That is the fact that every reporter could agree on. Almost everything else in the media coverage of the mass killings in a gay club in Orlando was subject to interpretation.

In the worldwide media coverage a few key angles  stood out: homophobia, Islamic terrorism, mental illness and gun control. By simplifying and rushing to give answers in the early hours after the attack, some media not only gave a false portrayal of what happened in Orlando including who the attacker and his victims were, but also jumped into stereotypes and stigmatisation. Answers, let alone simple answers, weren’t available.

 
Victims or Terrorists: Stereotypes Against Muslim Women Originate in the Media PDF Print

Region: Europe

Date: 2 June 2016

By Giulia Dessì, author of ENAR report on Italy and MDI project coordinator

islamophobia_muslim_women_front_pageThe stereotypical binary representation of Muslim women as either oppressed or dangerous prevails in the media in Europe, a new study by ENAR (European Network Against Racism) shows.

Many news stories related to Muslim women are related to violations of women’s rights, which contributes to constructing negative stereotypes within society, states the European report “Forgotten Women: the impact of Islamophobia on Muslim women”.  Muslim women are perceived to embody a homogeneous group, with no distinctions, supporting domestic violence and terrorism, homophobia, gender inequality and traditional gender roles. “Such a framing of Muslims as a ‘problem’, with a particular negative attention to women, contributes to creating a fertile ground for discriminatory practices and violence on the ground,” says the European comparative report.

 
MDI Seeking Development Manager PDF Print

Application Deadline: 31 August 2016

Salary: £35,000-37,000 pa

Colorful_abstract_shoesWe are an expanding London-based NGO providing diversity training and development for media professionals and NGOs across the globe. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Development Manager with demonstrated experience in fundraising and grant management with European and North American donors, private and governmental.A high degree of initiative, excellent communication, writing and database skills needed. Excellent written and spoken English (native-level standard).

This is an ideal opportunity if you have strong influencing and negotiating skills, have a keen interest in diversity and the media and have an enquiring and analytical mind. Please apply before 31 August 2016.

 
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