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“Media Tools against Hate Speech” Workshop for EU NGOs PDF Print

Dates: 22 – 26 May 2017

Location: London, UK

MAH_Image_2The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is inviting applications for a workshop it is organising for civil society organisations involved in countering hate speech and promoting rights of minority groups who are discriminated and targets of hate speech.

The event will be held in London between 22 – 26 May 2017. CSO activists from EU countries interested in participating at the workshop should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information on how to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is 2 May. All costs of participation will be covered by the organisers.

The workshop organised within the Media against Hate project aims to explore different media tools that can be used in countering hate speech. The trainers will particularly focus on digital media tools and platforms that can be used to support the work of those trying to counter hate speech. The workshop will be highly practical in nature and one of the objectives will be for all trainees to produce at least one media campaign product during the event.

Journalism and Community Engagement Under Trump PDF Print

A U.S. Exchange Programme through Washington DC, Baltimore, El Paso and Minneapolis

Date: 17 March 2017

Country: USA

By Giulia Dessi, MDI project manager

31899431943_d9902fb65e_kTwo days after president Trump’s first travel ban, the Washington Dulles International airport was in a frenzy. Instead of bored-looking taxi drivers waiting with a name printed on a sheet of paper, a loud crowd of protestors cheered and welcomed arriving travellers with chants and posters. Dozens of solicitors were offering free legal advice: “Do you need an attorney?” “Was anyone on your flight detained?” The presidential executive order, soon dubbed “Muslim ban”, halted all refugee admissions and temporarily barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries. This prompted both legal challenges and protests. All major U.S. airports that day had similar spontaneous initiatives.

I arrived at that airport on that day and I was overwhelmed by it. I was taking part in a U.S. Exchange Programme on Balancing Freedom and Security. It couldn’t be more timely. The agenda included meetings with professors, NGOs, authorities, and journalists in Washington DC, Baltimore, El Paso, and Minneapolis. I was eager to understand where all this was coming from, how it was received by those enforcing the law and by those opposing it.

Migration Media Award 2017 PDF Print

Deadline: 9 April 2017

Region: Euro-Mediterranean region

Migration_Media_AwardThe Migration Media Award will recognize and reward the excellence, relevance and newsworthiness of up to 36 journalism pieces dealing with migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The stories competing for the Migration Media Award funded by the European Union have to be published in between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Earlier published stories cannot be accepted.

The current discourse surrounding migration has taken a dramatically negative turn in the last decade both within Europe and internationally, demanding a review on how information pertaining to migration is gathered, shared and disseminated amongst different actors, which greatly affects both migration policy and public perception.

MDI Western Balkans at the National Consultation on MIL PDF Print

Date: 9 March 2017

Country: Serbia

MIL_Serbia_National_Consultation_March_2017The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans participated at the Consultation on National Media and Information (MIL) Policies and Strategies in Serbia.

The conference, held on 9 March in Belgrade, gathered multiple stakeholders to discuss Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Serbia, to initiate the process of creating specific policy recommendations on integrating MIL in the formal, non-formal and informal education system and look for innovative and sustainable approaches to MIL.

South Social Meets Jewish Culture PDF Print

Date: 18 March 2017

Country: UK, London

South_Social_JewishAfter its success in hosting a night of celebrating the culture of Lebanon, the South Social Film Festival is organising an event dedicated to the Jewish culture. On Saturday 18 March, in the Cinema Museum in London, the South Social will screen a movie “Through the Wall” by Rama Burshtein. The film is using a universal topic such as wedding, dating and all the rules that go with it and transfers elements of a typical Bridget Jones romp to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish setting.

The South Social will be also celebrating the International Women's day. The organisers promise a night of great kosher cuisine and raving music by the band TANTZ, which is a klezmer trio with Balkan beats and gypsy jazz influences.

MDI Panellists Debate China at the Journalism Festival in Perugia PDF Print

Date: 5 April 2017

Country: Italy, Perugia

MDI_in_PerugiaAt the International Journalism Festival in Perugia 2017, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) will host a panel “China: Between Traditional and Digital Media”. The panel moderated by MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic on 5 April in Perugia will discuss the efforts by some traditional media to ‘voice the citizens’ and take more responsibility towards the public.

Does the Internet offer enough opportunities for Chinese citizens and activists to air their concerns even though micro-blogging sites such as WeChat and Weibo enjoy massive popularity across the the country? For instance, Weibo has 600 million registered accounts and 60 million active daily users.

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