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"Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy" PDF Print

Published: 7 December 2017

Region: Worldwide

Freedom_House_2017_Net_ReportFreedom House in its report Freedom on the Net 2017 concludes that online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including the United States. Disinformation tactics contributed to a seventh consecutive year of overall decline in internet freedom, as did a rise in disruption and restriction to mobile internet service. Freedom House also concludes that China, for the third consecutive year was the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom, followed by Syria and Ethiopia.

“A record number of governments have restricted mobile internet service for political or security reasons, often in areas populated by ethnic or religious minorities”, says one of the key Freedom House’s report findings. Most of them are those who dispute the authority or fight for greater right, such as the Tibetan and Uighur communities in China, and also the Oromo and Amhara populations in Ethiopia. For instance, last year a Tibetan monk was sentenced to 13 years in prison for creating a WeChat group with intention of “offering prayers for Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday”.

 
CIVIS Media Prize 2018 PDF Print

Deadline: 20 January 2018

Region: EU and Switzerland

CIVIS_2018CIVIS Media Foundation is calling applicants for CIVIS Media Prize 2018 to send their best radio, film and TV programmes as well as websites and webvideos on the theme of integration and cultural diversity. Closing date to apply for CIVIS Media Prize is 20 January 2018, while conditions of participation can be found here.

Production companies may directly submit to the competition. Webvideos on integration and cultural diversity may be submitted by residents of the European Union and Switzerland.

 
Gender Equality, Migration and Media Discussed in Hamburg PDF Print

Dates: 23 -25 November 2017

Country: Germany, Hamburg

CMMA_Hamburg_3The third CMFE media literacy workshop within the Media against Hate (MAH) project focused on gender equality and hate speech against female journalists. Many journalists get attacked because of their profession. But female journalists often have to face different forms of violence than men: threats of rape or sexual and abusive comments are gender-based and hit women more often.

The workshop held in Hamburg on 23 – 24 November was a pre-event to the first Conference on Migration and Media Awareness (CMMA). Initiated by Refugee Radio Awareness Network, the CMMA2017 focused on the role and responsibilities of media in enabling (or hindering) social empowerment and participation of all citizens in society. Media makers and activists with a refugee or migrant background played a key role in discussion panels, workshops and exhibitions.

 
The Role of the Media in Rohingya Crisis PDF Print

Published: 30 November

Country: Myanmar

Screen_Shot_2017-11-30_at_08.40.08When large crisis such as the one affecting Rohingya people in Myanmar occur, the role of both international and local media is essential. One of the factors to be taken into account is the lack of access to the people and areas affected. Also political pressures and state of freedom of expression in Myanmar play a big role when it comes to the reporting of local media.

In August Rohingya militant group ARSA attacked several police posts and ever since then, Myanmar’s army has targeted the Rohingya community in Myanmar. According to Amnesty International, “more than 530,000 Rohingya men, women and children have fled northern Rakhine State in terror in a matter of weeks amid the Myanmar security forces’ targeted campaign of widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning.” Over 1000 people have been killed in the conflict thus far. The Rohingya Muslim community has endured hardship from the Myanmar government for years; the government has denied the ethnic group citizenship and they often face discrimination from the majority-Buddhist country. According to Amnesty International, they are “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world”. What is happening now has been declared as ethnic cleansing by the United Nations.

 
Diversity Through Effective Media Communications in Kyrgyzstan PDF Print

Date: 23 November 2017

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Screen_Shot_2017-11-30_at_08.49.03Effective communication between civil society activists dedicated to diversity and minority rights and the media was the focus of a workshop held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on the 23rd on November. The training program organised by the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia, included interactive sessions and practical group exercises. The participating activists learned about the purpose of communications and newsbreaks and were taught how to make standard events interesting for the media as well as how to better interact with their audiences.

There was also a special session held focussing on freedom of expression, hate speech and stereotypes. The group learned how to work with sensitive content by compiling glossaries on overcoming hate speech.

 
MDI Contributes to the Journal for Applied Journalism PDF Print

Published: 23 November 2017

Region: Worldwide

Screen_Shot_2017-11-23_at_07.44.24“I’ve never interviewed ordinary people. We use them only in vox pops.” This is what an experienced Moroccan radio journalist declared during a Media Diversity Institute training programme a few years ago. The statement which reflects the unfortunate tendency in many countries MDI have worked in -  journalists speaking mainly to government officials and report mostly official news - is a title of an article in the October issue of the Journal for Applied Journalism and Media Studies (AJMS), entirely devoted to the issue of inclusive journalism.

 
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