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MDI Starts New Programme in Jordan PDF Print

Dates: 2-5 September 2018

Country: Jordan

Jordan_collage"I can’t recall the last time when I stayed all through an event and enjoyed it this much". When Rawan Istetieh summarised her evaluation of the MDI Amman event, our representatives already knew a thing or two about her: a reckless fighter for Human Rights, one of the loudest gender-equality campaigners, one of the pioneers in combating child cyber bullying, an enthusiastic footballer and a woman behind the establishment of the first ladies’ football club in Jordan. Rawan does not hide her feelings about any of the issues close to her heart. Neither does she restrain from challenging the MDI representatives on any of the issue discussed over a 4-day event.  It seems we scored well.  We made Rawan happy.

Rawan Istetieh, from Amman-based NGO Darabzeen for Human Development, was talking of MDI’s first Media Information Literacy (MIL) Workshop held in partnership with UNESCO Jordan, September 2-5 in Amman. The main objective of the event was to build the capacity of civil society organizations’ representatives on Media and Information Literacy (MIL), enabling them to develop MIL competences, to critically use the available media tools and – most importantly - to pass on their newly gained knowledge and skills to their peers.

 
Grassroots Arabic Media Break Taboo on Talking Queer PDF Print

Date: 13 September 2018

Region: MENA, Jordan, Qatar, Tunisia

By Mikhail Yakovlev

Image_1Despite changes around the world, most recently in India, queer issues remain taboo in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). “The official fiction that gay people don’t exist to any great extent in Muslim countries” – explains Brian Whitaker, the author of Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East. In keeping with this fiction, mainstream media in MENA either bypass queer issues altogether or present queers in a negative way.

The case of Qatar’s Al Jazeera is particularly revealing in this respect. As “the first independent news channel in the Arab world dedicated to providing comprehensive news and live debate,” Al Jazeera’s stated aim is to be “a voice for the voiceless.” The network’s London-based English Service certainly gives queers a voice. A quick search of the English website reveals many sensitive well-researched articles, some of them by Arab writers. In contrast, the Arabic website has a single bizarre op-ed provocatively titled ‘The Lie of Scientific Justification for Homosexuality’.

 
Powerful Launch of the "Disability: a Matter of Perception" Project PDF Print

Date: 17 September 2018

Country: Macedonia, Skopje

Disability_Lemia_1It was a powerful ending of the first day at the EU-Western Balkans Media Days event in Skopje. Two performers, Mia and Leon, danced in front of media professionals, experts and policymakers from the Western Balkans and the EU, helping the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and its partners launch the project “Disability: Matter of Perception” and prove why we need better inclusion of people with disabilities.

"Through dance or through journalism, we can and we have to do something to include people with disabilities in the media. MDI together with our partners is working here in Macedonia on challenging perceptions, both our own and those of others," said MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic. MDI had a unique opportunity to launch its project at the EU-Western Balkans Media in Skopje by hosting a short dance work “LEMIA: Carousel of Perceptions” that is a part of the Performance Research Intesive programme of the Inclusive Movement Research Collective (IMRC).

 
MDI Seeking Experienced International Development Experts PDF Print

Application Deadline: 31 October 2018

Location: Various

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The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is looking for experienced international development experts to join our team of consultants for the European Commission (EC) Framework Contracts projects. MDI is seeking experts for short-term assignments on various locations.

MDI is one of the selected providers for EC Framework Contracts in 2018-2022. We are seeking experts who can be mobilised at short notice to run individual assignments defined by specific contracts in countries where the Commission has external aid programmes. This work will include support and advice across the entire cycle of programme operations (from design to implementation and evaluation of EU interventions).

 
Invisible Children: Children’s Media, Diversity and Forced Migration PDF Print

Date: 14 September 2018

Country: UK, London

15089979007_6d374862cf_bKing’s College London and the University of Westminster are hosting a symposium on September 14th, titled “Invisible Children: Children’s Media, Diversity and Forced Migration”. MDI’s executive director Milica Pesic will be chairing one of the sessions at the symposium. The session, named “Diversity in Children’s Screen Content: Why it Matters”, will explore the advances and setbacks in representation of diversity in children’s content. The panellists include practitioners and diversity advocated from organisations such as the International Broadcasting Trust and BBC Children.

 
Crazy Rich Asians: An Appropriate Cast PDF Print

Published: 28 August 2018

Country: USA

By Eline Jeanne

crazy_rich_asians_1The film Crazy Rich Asians is set not only to break the box office, but to break the absence of Asian casts in Hollywood movies. The film, which has been described as a “contemporary Asian story”, is the first Hollywood film in 25 years to cast a predominantly Asian-American cast. The last film to have accomplished this was Joy Luck Club, which premiered in 1993. Crazy Rich Asians is therefore long overdue.

 
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