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What the Burkini Ban Says about World Media PDF Print

Published: 5 September 2016

Region: Worldwide

Burkini_and_BikiniBurkini ban on French Riviera caused a worldwide public debate and some memorable responses and posts on social media. Outrage started when armed policemen forced a woman on a Nice beach to remove her burkini, a full length swimsuit. The same ban had previously been introduced in other French cities because, as the mayor of Cannes David Lisner explained, “burkinis are a symbol of Islamic extremism and are not respectful of good morals and secularism.” After strong public reaction, France’s highest administrative court has ruled that burkini ban is “clearly illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties such as the freedom of movement, freedom of conscience and personal liberty”.

But how did the world media cover the burkini ban in France? Who did journalists talk to and whose voice was missing from the media coverage?

 
MDI at the Global Forum for Media Development PDF Print

Dates: 20 – 22 September 2016

Country: Indonesia, Jakarta

Milica_Pesic_at_GFMD_Jakarta_2016The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) held its fourth international conference titled “Decoding the Future: Rethinking Media for a New World” in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) participated at the World Forum by presenting its project Get the Trolls Out.

In a session Youth v. Propaganda, MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic explained how the project targeted younger users of the social media and helped them recognise myths, lies, or hateful rhetoric and deal with them in constructive ways by using different mechanisms – from street theatre, radio debates, documentary films to cartoons or off and online debates. Pesic also presented the MDI guide for countering hate speech on Twitter.

 
Div-A-Diversity Accelerator for Media Inclusiveness PDF Print

Published: 31 August

Region: Europe

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The Council of Europe has launched a pilot mentoring programme called Div-A-Diversity Accelerator. This programme aims at testing a new approach to rendering the media landscape in Europe more inclusive with regard to population diversity and more balanced in relation to diversity issues.

The Council of Europe is creating an international group of alternative multimedia journalists who have established their own business models using transmedia/multimedia/crossmedia journalism and crowdfunding/sponsoring in order to monitor ten individuals or groups of young media professionals who are already committed to diversity inclusiveness to use the tools new media offers and launch their own start-ups.

 
Rio 2016: Some Media Trapped in Sexist Coverage PDF Print

Published: 18 August 2016

Region: Worldwide

Screen_Shot_2016-08-18_at_19.37.15Instead of celebrating the biggest number of female athletes competing in this year Olympic games in Rio then in any other Olympics, as the sign of moving towards gender diversity in sport, some media outlets slipped (again) into sexist coverage. Several media around the world have proved that discrimination against women in sport, as well as against women journalists reporting on sport events such as Olympics, is still present.

When Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the gold medal and broke a world record in the 400-meter individual medley, NBC showed a split screen of her cheering husband and coach Shane Tusup. Commentator Dan Hick suggested that this was “the guy responsible” for her victory.

 
EBU: Strong Public Service Media Good for Democracy PDF Print

Published: 16 August 2016

Region: Europe

Screen_Shot_2016-08-18_at_19.44.10A healthy democracy is partially dependent on its public service media, according to a new research by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s leading alliance of public service broadcaster.

Based on data from 25 European countries, the EBU report shows the positive impact that strong publicly funded television and radio has had on voter turnout, control of corruption and press freedom. It also says that there is a strong correlation between a country’s public service broadcaster’s market and the demand for right-wing extremism.

 
Women in Conflict from a Writer's Perspective PDF Print

Date: 21 September 2016

Country: UK, London

Womens_Interfaith_NetworkThe Women’s Interfaith Network (WIN) is organising an event “Women in Conflict from a Writer’s Perspective”. Shami Chakrabarti will talk to Elif Shafak, Bahiyyih Nakhjanvani and Saurav Dutt  on 21 September  at Adelaide House in London.

WIN is a movement of women committed to building a more trusting and inclusive society. WIN is also an organisation that would like to see “a deep-seated change in the way they relate to people of other religions and cultures, where similarities are celebrated and differences are not considered hurdles to friendship”.

 
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