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“Merely” A White Supremacist: How The Media Is Missing the Story of White Nationalism PDF Print

6 August 2019

Country: Worldwide

by Jean-Paul Marthoz

Screen_Shot_2019-08-06_at_1.15.09_PMLast Sunday’s New York Times editorial got right to the point: We have a White Nationalist Terrorist Problem.

“If one of the perpetrators of this weekend’s two mass shootings had adhered to the ideology of radical Islam, the resources of the American government and its international allies would mobilize without delay,” it pointed out.

In fact, the same remarks could be applied more or less to the press. Barring a few distinguished exceptions, the media have been slow in highlighting far-right violence. Over the years a succession of statistics have shown a systemic bias within the media in addressing terrorism. Impartiality and balance, the sacred dogmas of US and international journalism, have too often been thrown overboard. As Signal Al wrote in the Guardian, “Violent Islamist extremists are three times more likely than far-right attackers to be described as terrorists in the media, according to an overview of more than 200,000 news articles and broadcast transcripts."

 
Training: Passing On The Tools of Media and Information Literacy in Amman PDF Print

Dates: July 29-31

Country: Amman, Jordan

Screen_Shot_2019-08-15_at_10.54.12_AMOn #InternationalYouthDay, the importance of media and information literacy education has never been greater.

Between the dates of 29-31 July, we completed a three day training in Amman, Jordan that is a part of our Support to Media and Information Literacy in Public Schools project, coordinated alongside the Jordanian Media Institute and UNESCO Amman. Alongside our partners, we trained teachers from fifteen different schools around Jordan to create #MIL curricula to teach their students how to analyze the media, and think critically.

 
Study: Are Journalists Today's Coal Miners? PDF Print

Date: 2 August 2019

Country: UK, Germany, Sweden

Screen_Shot_2019-08-02_at_12.09.36_PMThe Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford recently published a report about the challenges of fostering newsroom diversity and attracting talent in three European countries – Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The report is emphatic that profound social and political changes have reshaped our societies, making them more diverse. At the same time, technological advances fundamentally changed the way we consume information. It asks: do traditional media know how stay relevant in this world of fast-paced change?

Titled Are Journalists Today’s Coal Miners?: The Struggle for Talent and Diversity in Modern Newsrooms – A Study on Journalists in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, this report aims to answer this question. Its authors – Alexandra Borchardt, Julia Lück, Sabine Kieslich, Tanjev Schultz, Felix M. Simon – interviewed leading news executives and heads of journalism schools in Germany, Sweden and the UK.

 
Training: Digital Media Skills for Serbian Youth PDF Print

Dates: 23-26 July 2019

Country: Serbia

MLADI_Training_FirstMedia Diversity Institute recently completed the first MLADI (Media Literacy Alliance and Digital Importance) training in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. It is the first of three trainings for the project.

“In Serbia, media and information literacy is quite underdeveloped,” said Aleksandra Ivankovic, a journalist and one of the sixteen workshop participants.

"Everyone tends to hate media, but they do not understand what media does.”

According to the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, press freedom has declined in Serbia in recent years. According to MDI Western Balkans Coordinator Ivana Jelaca, this is largely due to threats against journalists, and a lack of reliable sources of information.

 
Event: Media Diversity Institute at the Ministerial on Religious Freedom PDF Print

Event: 10 - 11 July 2019

Country: United States; Global

43631247441_96d339f444_oBetween the dates of 10-11 July 2019, Media Diversity Institute attended the US State Department’s annual Ministerial on Religious Freedom in Washington, DC.

It is the largest, and most well-attended US State Department event relating to religious freedom.

“Religion is one of the most sensitive identity issues, so we are thrilled to have this opportunity to hear about experiences religious minorities are going through, but, also, to contribute to a debate on  what the media’s role is  in debating and reporting on the issue,” said MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic, who attended the event on behalf of the organisation.

Over the course of the three day event, participants heard from more than 1,000 participants representing 106 countries, including but not limited to testimonies from religious violence survivors from countries like Iraq and Pakistan.

 
Twitter Claims It is Cracking Down on Hate Speech. But is All Hate Speech Treated Equally? PDF Print

23 July 2019

Country: Global

by: Giulia Dessi

Screen_Shot_2019-07-23_at_11.54.24_AMOver the past few months, major social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have been under increasing pressure to monitor and remove hateful, potentially dangerous content from their platforms. Many have taken this criticism into account; Facebook recently announced that it would treat all white supremacy messages with the same vigilance as terrorism content, while Twitter amended its hate speech policies to include anything that dehumanizes a group of people, with specific attention to anti-religious hatred.

However, while both have taken positive steps in the right direction, how hate speech is assessed on each platform remains unclear, making it difficult to monitor whether or not policy changes are having an effect. It is nearly impossible to assess whether or not this effect is equal across regions and languages, meaning that hateful content could be more vigilantly policed in some countries than in others.

 
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