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Article on Lessons from early American conversations with Islam PDF Print

Posted: 30 September 2009 

Region/Country: America

Mokhtar Ghambou, professor of post-colonial studies and American literature at Yale University, explains how, since the country’s independence, American writers have engaged in cultural dialogue with Muslims and Arabs, giving a broader perspective on cultural differences and ways of understanding and holding them together.

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Legal instruments for combating racism on the Internet PDF Print

Posted: September 29 

Region/Country: Europe


Various national and international legal instruments punish hate speech. However, the specific nature of the Internet calls for the adoption of new strategies to combat hate speech which is widely disseminated on the web. As the Internet ignores territories and has no boundaries, states cannot control it effectively by unilateral national regulation: so what is needed is increased international co-operation. This book describes the situation in ten Council of Europe member and observer states and discusses the problems faced and solutions introduced by these countries and by European and international organisations and civil society.


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International communication, ethnic tolerance taught in Kazakh summer school PDF Print

Posted: September 29 

Region/Country: Russia

By Yuliya Melnik, IJNet Russian Editor -- Journalism students and professors are returning to their universities in the New Independent States after the summer break. And some of them are sharing stories not just about beaches, but also about journalism.

On the grounds of Kazakhstan's Al-Farabi University summer camp, near the lake of Issyk-Kul, a ten-day Russian-Kazakh "summer school" program for aspiring journalists in July focused on intercultural communication and the creation of ethnic tolerance in media."



Why do local fixers risk their lives for other reporters’ stories? PDF Print

Date/Deadline/Posted: September 29

Region/Country: Afghanistan

On September 9, kidnapped New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell was rescued in northern Afghanistan. His fellow Afghan reporter and interpreter, however, 34-year-old Sultan Munadi, was killed in the raid.

The article examines how come that in the business of war reporting, local reporters and translators working with foreign news outlets often are the unfortunate victims of story gathering, especially in recent years.



Competition seeks the best Russian online resource for children and youth PDF Print

Deadline: October 30 

Region/Country:  Russia

A competition in Russia seeks outstanding online resources developed for a young audience. Submissions should be interesting, useful and positive. Deadline: October 30.

Eligible Web sites will demonstrate importance for community, and be educational and innovative. They must be protected from viruses and free of aggressive advertising.

The first prize winner will receive RUB 400,000 (about US$13,000). Winners will be announced on November 25. The competition is supported by the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation, the Russian Committee of the Year of the Safe Internet, RU-Center and others.


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Media Diversity Institute supports Egyptian academics in the development of Reporting Diversity Curricula PDF Print

Date:  2009

Region/Country: Egypt

Three academics from Cairo University, and three from other Egyptian academic institutions are currently being mentored in the development of Reporting Diversity Curricula, by Naomi Sakr and Rasha Abdullah, two prominent academics from the UK and Egypt respectively.

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