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Egyptian journalists give voice to the voiceless PDF Print

Posted: 4 January 2010

Egypt TRP disability picCountry: Egypt

With the help of the Media Diversity Institute, young Egyptian journalists are making a mark in the country’s over-crowded media market by producing stories usually ignored by more well established reporters.  They look for marginalized individuals and communities believing ‘every person has a story to tell’, and are also convinced that every voice matters.

Over the last two months, 10 young reporters from different newspapers - including Al-Ahram daily and weekly, Watani, El-Dostor, El-Wafd, El-Massry El-Youm, El-Youm El-Sabei, and El-Osbou - took part in a training course organised by the Media Diversity Institute. During the course, they debated the reasons for inclusive reporting, the ethical issues around diversity coverage and produced the stories covering issues such as disability, women’s rights and refugees (the articles can be downloaded below).  The majority of the articles have already been published in the participating newspapers. More than 150 reporters applied to take part.  This is the second such training course provided by MDI in Egypt, supported by the UK Embassy in Cairo. For further information contact Email With Border v1.6

 MDI Egypt Articles Nov 2009.pdf

Morocco-Europe Cultural Exchange Programme for Young People PDF Print

Deadline: 4 January, 2010

Country: Morocco

The 4th of January is the last available day to sign up for the Xchange 2010 which will take place in Morocco, in March 2010. Global Xchange works with teams of up to 18 young people (aged 18-25), with equal numbers coming from the UK and from other countries. The teams are formed to reflect diversity in terms of geography, ethnicity, ability, education and gender. Together, in cross-cultural counterpart pairs, they live with host families and work in host communities, for up to three months in the UK and three months in Morocco. This programme is a partnership between Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and the British Council.

Interested applicants must have the following:

-  a positive and realistic commitment to the programme

·  a genuine commitment to learning

·  ability to solve problems

·  flexibility and adaptability

·  self confidence

·  sensitivity to the needs of others

To apply, download the application from the following link and return it by hand to:

The British Council,

36, rue de Tanger, Rabat

Attention: Adnane Addioui, Society Projects Manager


or by to email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Publication on African women's freedom of information available online PDF Print

Posted on: 22 December, 2009

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

A publication available online aims to engage key stakeholders including journalists in enhancing freedom of information in the Africa region. The project aims to demonstrate the relevance of freedom of information in the promotion of women's rights. Research was conducted in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. The study was supported by UNESCO and the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).


CIMA Report Release: Funding for Media Development by Major Donors Outside the United States PDF Print

Posted: 18 December, 2009

Region: Worldwide

‘Funding for Media Development by Major Donors Outside the United States’  is the new report released by CIMA (Centre for International Media Assistance). This report examines trends in non-U.S. donor financing of the media development and media for development sector. The report by Mary Myers, an expert on international media development with many years of experience in this field, surveys European and other governments and donors spending on international media development.

Refugee Week Conference 2010 PDF Print

Event date: 22 January, 2010

Location: London

The aim of the day is to provide a forum where those involved in events this year can share their experiences with others. The programme features a number of speakers sharing good practice and ideas – but the day will be more about you and your experiences! The event will be very participatory and features six workshops covering a range of issues:

  • How to run a regional network, and how to make this work for RW
  • Implementing Simple Acts
  • Participatory Arts and Refugees
  • Using digital media to mobilise support
  • Using sport to bring communities together
  • Gaining media coverage for RW events
Fight against discrimination – TV Spot PDF Print

Posted on: 18 December 2009

Region: Worldwide

A new television appeal highlighting the fight against discrimination is now available in five languages (English, French, German, Italian, Russian). The 30 second film, produced in the framework of the 'Speak Out Against Discrimination' campaign, underlines the view that discrimination occurs regardless of skin colour, gender or age and that it is in everyone's interest to challenge prejudice directly. The TV spot will be translated into most European languages and distributed across the 47 Council of Europe’s member states.

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