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Lack of Media Coverage on Discrimination against Roma in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 27 October 2017

Country: Serbia

Dusan_Jovanovic_Roma_SerbiaMost of the Serbian media failed to report that 20 years ago two teenagers killed Dušan Jovanović, a 13-year old Roma boy. Dušan was on his way to a store near his home in the evening of 18 October 1997 when he was stopped by a group of skinheads who started beating and kicking him all over his body. He died on the street as a result of the beating, his skull smashed with a section of drainpipe.

The Serbian edition of Vice provided the most relevant and in-depth analysis on this case of discrimination against Roma. But tabloid Blic and RTV B92 for instance, republished parts of an interview with one of two teenagers convicted of murder.

 
Exhibition about Young Asylum Seekers in the UK PDF Print

Published: 25 October 2015

Country: UK

Asylum_Exhibition_2“Being an asylum seeker means waiting – always waiting. We've been waiting for four years now. It’s stopping you doing so much that you could achieve: I would be driving by now, I would be working, I would be going to uni." This is part of the Maheen Habib Gill’s story at the Claiming a New Place on Earth exhibition in London.

Focusing not only on their journeys to the UK but also on their efforts to establish new lives, the exhibition tells the stories of ten young asylum seekers. They are portrayed through professions and careers they dream to have such as mechanic, doctor, accountant, but without the legal status and papers in the UK, possibilities for work and studies are limited.

 
IARJ in Asia: Getting Reporting Religion Right PDF Print

Dates: 17 – 19 October 2017

Country: Indonesia, Jakarta

IARJ_Conf_jakarta_2017Accurate reporting on minority religions is sorely lacking, said journalists participating in the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) conference in Jakarta. This international gathering of religion journalists was held on 17 – 19 October in a country with the world’s largest Muslim population - Indonesia. There are more than 200 million Muslims living in Indonesia, but there are also many other faith groups.

Speaking at the IARJ event, the editor in chief of KBR68H radio news agency, Citra Dyah Prastuti explained how the Indonesian media failed to report accurately on the elections for the mayor of Jakarta in 2017.

 
Social Media Campaigner Vacancy PDF Print

Screen_Shot_2017-10-24_at_09.50.41Media Diversity Institute – Get the Trolls Out Project

Working hours: Part time, 22.5 hours a week

Salary: £28600 - £32500 per annum dependent on experience (pro rata, 3 days per week)

Deadline: 13 November at 11am, but early applications are strongly encouraged as the vacancy will be closed when the position is filled

Start: Immediate start, November 2017

Contract: 16-month contract

Location: London, UK

The Media Diversity Institute is looking for a social media campaigner to lead the strategic development, management, design, coordination, and delivery of our Get the Trolls Out project campaign.

 
Social Media and Self-Harming amongst Young People PDF Print

Published: 20 October 2017

Country: UK

apple-1853337_960_720Social media has become a staple in the life of young people. In many ways, we do not know the effects this can have on a child’s life, with this development still being quite new. However, some new data has come to light which highlights the negative influence social media can have, particularly on teenage girls. A new study has been released by the British Medical Journal, with cooperation from University of Manchester researchers, focusing on self-harm amongst adolescents. Alarmingly, the study found that reports of self-harm in young girls (ages 13 to 16) have risen by 68% between 2011 and 2014. This is a sharp increase and is worrisome to say the least.

 
Tight Control of Online News Portals in Malaysia PDF Print

Published: 16 October 2017

Country: Malaysia

Zunar_HRW_ReportIn the last year the authorities in Malaysia have been closing down news portals which were mostly critical of the Government and the Prime Minister. Since Malaysia follows the global trend of consuming news trough social media platforms and online portals, not only that critical voices are endangered but also many marginalised voices that can express themselves only in the digital space.

The news consumption among Malaysians has dramatically changed over the last 10 years. A recent report has revealed that 86% of Malaysians get informed trough social media and on online portals, while 54% and 45% use TV and print media. Media analysts explain that many Malaysians turned to online platforms because of declining credibility of the mainstream media. But by the end of 2017 the Government is planning to introduce a law that will require online news portals to register with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

 
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