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“Not On Our Soil” - How Australian Media Narratives Fuel Islamophobia PDF Print

19 March 2019

Country: Australia

by: Madeline Rose Leftwich

Screen_Shot_2019-03-19_at_7.10.20_PMLast week Australian national Brenton Tarrant opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 49 worshippers and seriously injuring dozens more. It was a uniquely premeditated event; with a go-pro camera strapped to his forehead, Tarrant live-streamed the mass murder on Facebook, hoping to reach thousands of viewers around the world.

As social media platforms scrambled to remove the horrifying footage from the Internet, world leaders offered their heartfelt condolences. Many were quick to call it what it was: a terrorist attack. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Tarrant as a “violent, right-wing extremist”—pointing to his long history of participating in neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups online.

It is clear that this event did not occur in a vacuum. Just hours before carrying out the attack Tarrant published an 89-page manifesto across social media platforms echoing the anti-Muslim, anti-migrant rhetoric that has become commonplace in Australian media. Titled, “The Great Replacement,” his manifesto espouses hatred for Muslims on “our soil,” and calls for the deportation of all immigrants.

Event: Does the Online Space Allow Women In Media To Challenge Stereotyping and Representation? PDF Print

14 March 2019

Country: United States

Screen_Shot_2019-03-14_at_5.13.02_PMWe are excited to share that we will be participating in a panel discussion on the role of online spaces on female journalists and media-makers at the 63rd annual Commission Status of Women next week in New York City.

Our panel, titled, “Does the online space allow women in media to challenge stereotyping and misrepresentation?” will examine whether or not online spaces—from social media, to the blogosphere, media start-ups, podcasts and YouTube channels empower women to share their stories and challenge stereotypes. Do the positives of women harnessing the Internet to take control of their stories outweigh the negatives of hostile—and dangerous—online trolling? How are media projects that challenge stereotypes received by society?

Media Diversity Institute’s MAMIL Project To Be Recognised at #EUMediaLiteracyWeek PDF Print

13 March 2019

Country: Macedonia

MAMILWe are thrilled to share that our “Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance” (MAMIL) project in Macedonia, led by The School of Journalism and Public Relations in partnership with Nova Makedonija) has been selected by the European Commission as one of the top ten media and information literacy projects in Europe.

The project will be recognized along with the nine other projects at next week’s “Informed Citizens in the Digital Age” conference during next week’s European Media Literacy Week in Brussels, Belgium. Three of the ten projects will be selected to receive awards recognizing the most innovative, educational and greatest potential among the projects.

Given the enormous amount of high-quality media and information literacy projects happening across Europe, Media Diversity Institute considers this recognition an enormous honour.

Fighting for Representation On Our Keyboards PDF Print

11 March 2019

Country: Global

by Ace Tilton Ratcliff

DisabilityGraphicExactly this time last year, Apple unveiled plans for thirteen new emoji, each one specifically designed to “foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability.” Now, the proposed icons--which includes a service dog, manual and mechanical wheelchair users and prosthetic arms and legs--are getting ready to be rolled out as part of Emoji 12.0, the 230 new emoji proposed for 2019.

It is a huge relief; prior to this release, there was only one emoji represented disability: the wheelchair symbol ♿. Given the fact that there are an estimated one billion people experience some form of disability (an estimated 15 percent of the global population), this is painfully unrepresentative. Adding insult to injury, disability encompasses a broad spectrum of experience, which includes far more experiences than just us wheelchair users. Anyone who falls into this category hasn’t been represented at all.

International Women’s Day 2019: A Media Perspective PDF Print

8 March 2019

Country: Global

Screen_Shot_2019-03-08_at_12.29.07_AMToday Media Diversity Institute is demanding a #BalanceForBetter—better gender equality to create better, more representative media and a better working world.

On International Women’s Day, we are once again reminded of the numerous ways that female journalists are victims of sexism. Almost one third of female journalists leave the profession, due to threats, intimidation, or attacks that they endure, because of their work. For women of colour, these threats are often even worse, and even more damaging. One of the most extreme recent examples of this was the #LigueDuLOL in France—an injustice that is hopefully being addressed at long last.

Report: The Troubling Rise of Rebel Media PDF Print

4 March 2019

Countries: Canada, Global

Screen_Shot_2019-03-04_at_1.38.37_PMA Canadian alt-right website platforming the likes of Tommy Robinson, Katie Hopkins and Lauren Southern has the potential to have global influence, according to a recent report from Faith Matters.

At first, Rebel Media focussed on pushing a right-wing ideology, using big, international names like Tommy Robinson and Katie Hopkins to advocate against political correctness and censorship, and post a “counter-jihad” stance, where the world was seen as “us vs them”—them being Muslims in Europe.

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