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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.

 
A Study on Diversity in the Media in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria PDF Print

Published: 17 November 2017

Countries: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq

Beirut_Naseej_Oct_2017The Samir Kassir-Center SKeyes Foundation, the French media cooperation agency CFI and Adyan Foundation recently published results of their project and a research on diversity in the media in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. At the closing conference held in Beirut on 18-19 October, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) representative contributed to a debate on post-conflict reporting.

One of the questions discussed at the conference in Beirut was whether the role of the media is limited to reporting the facts or journalists should actively contribute to a certain vision of society.

 
Get the Trolls Out 2 – MDI against Religious Intolerance PDF Print

Published: 15 November 2017

Region Europe

GTTO_Phase_2At the end of November, the Media Diversity Institute and its partners will launch the continuation of the successful programme "Get the Trolls Out!" (GTTO). In the second phase of GTTO we are going to monitor the media and counter religious hate incidents against Muslims, Jewish and Christian communities in Europe through a campaign of myth debunking and solidarity videos and articles.

Led by MDI, the second phase in 2017-2019 will benefit from the partners’ exceptional experience of using innovative media outputs to deliver a powerful counter-narrative, extending their scope to include diverse forms of hate speech, including antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Christian sentiments and attempts to turn public opinion against migrants and asylum-seekers. The project activities will be underpinned by dynamic social media engagement.

 
New Virtual Hub Dedicated to Ethnic Minority People with Severe Mental Illness PDF Print

Published: 15 November 2017

Country: UK

Synergi_Collaborative_CentreOf all the people detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) in the UK, more than half of them are Black, states the 2015/2016 MHA report. Even though there are conflicting explanations as to why 56.9 percent of people detained under the Act are Black or of Black British ethnicity, it is almost certain that there is an inseparable and complex relationship between ethnic inequalities and severe mental illness.

A new national virtual hub, The Synergi Collaborative Centre, is being launched in London on 22 November to address this issue. And particular attention is being devoted to the narratives surrounding mental health when it comes to diversity, and how the media can actually help.

 
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