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Countering Hate Speech Workshop in Rome PDF Print

Dates: 20 - 21 November 2017

Country: Italy, Rome

MAH_Workshop_in_RomeJournalists from EU countries are invited to apply for a workshop on countering hate speech and managing online communities that will be organised in Rome on 20-21 November 2017. The event, organised within the Media against Hate project, will consist of a roundtable and a three-session workshop on specific topics and will feature prominent speakers and experts such as Aidan White from the Ethical Journalism Network, Google and Facebook representatives, as well as advocates against hate speech such as Carta di Roma and Article 19.

People interested in attending the workshop should contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information on how to apply. The registration will be open until 4 October. The costs of participation will be covered by the organisers COSPE.

EU Journalists Report on Migration during Workshop in London PDF Print

Dates: 4 – 8 September 2017

Country: UK, London

MAH_Workshop_Sep_2017The most recent journalistic breakthrough story about the culture of abuse and neglect in an immigration detention centre near London happened in the same week in which the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) gathered 15 European journalists at the workshop organised as part of the  Media against Hate project. After the BBC programme Panorama revealed evidence of a serious verbal and racial abuse of detainees, MDI workshop participants followed the story and reported on it back to the newsrooms in their countries. Some told the story of an asylum seeker from Nigeria who was detained in the notorious Brook House featured on BBC Panorama. Another participant produced an article on a Zimbabwean asylum seeker who has been waiting 6 years for a decision of the British immigration authorities.

During the 5-day workshop in London, participants also produced stories, audio and video pieces on topics related to Brexit and its impact on EU migrants. Zoltan, for instance, told the story of Hungarian doctors whose status is unknown after Britain departs from the EU. Johanna reported on a complicated nature of family reunion cases amongst refugees coming from different countries, while Beatriz wrote about ‘stateless people’ who do not have passports or nationality of any country. Journalist Filipe from Portugal produced a radio piece about the refugees turning entrepreneurs in a new country and under new circumstances.

Hellboy Casts Asian Actor After Whitewashing Criticism PDF Print

Published: 14 September 2017

Country: USA

Hellboy_Kim_and_SkreinAfter the whitewashing controversy due to the casting of white actor Ed Skrein as a character of Asian heritage in the upcoming adaptation of the comic book Hellboy, the casting team has found a better suited actor for the role of Major Ben Daimio. The Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim is set to replace the British actor Ed Skrein, who turned down the role over concerns about being cast for a character of mixed race.

The initial casting of Ed Skrein sparked outcry over Hollywood’s whitewashing of Asian characters, following similar recent cases. Skrein, known for his work in Deadpool and Game of Thrones, said he did not know the race of the character Major Ben Daimio when he accepted the part in the comic book adaptation.

Hate-Free Media Workshop in Hamburg PDF Print

Dates: 23-25 November 2017

Country: Germany

Media_Against_HateCommunity Media Forum Europe (CMFE) is inviting applications for a media literacy workshop part of the Media Against Hate campaign. The workshop will take place at Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik, Hamburg, Germany from November 23 to 25 in conjunction with the Conference on Media and Migration Awareness.

Applications are open to community media practitioners, journalists, journalism schools and trainers, civil society organisations from EU countries. Those interested in participating at the workshop should contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information on how to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is end of 15 September 2017. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organisers.

Reporting on Migration & Refugees Workshop for EU Journalists Starts in London PDF Print

Date:4 – 8 September 2017

Country: UK, London

Screen_Shot_2017-09-04_at_08.55.10The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is holding a workshop for journalists from EU countries who are keen to improve their skills related to reporting on migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups.

The event will be held in London between 4 – 8 September 2017. The workshop, organised as part of the Media Against Hate project, aims to explore best practices on covering sensitive issues concerning migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups, in the context of Brexit and the growth of xenophobic attitudes across Europe.

Between Sensationalism, Islamophobia and Slanders against Catalan Independence: How Spanish Media Reported on the Barcelona Attack PDF Print

Published: 31 August 2017

Country: Spain

By Giulia Dessì

front_pages_Spanish_newspapersOn the morning of Friday 18 August, the day after the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks, customers who wanted to buy a newspaper at the Caprabo supermarket in Alp, a town in Catalonia, were left almost empty-handed. “In respect for the victims of yesterday’s attack in Barcelona, we will not sell any newspapers whose front pages are sensationalist and explicit. We apologise for the inconvenience,” said a sign taped on the empty shelf.


Despite the advice by the Civil Guard and the National Police not to share macabre images of the attack, most of the front pages and the inside pages of the main newspapers in Spain were replete with morbid images of corpses and people in distress. El Mundo, El Periódico, and ABC, among others, have been attacked on social media for their lack of sensitivity.

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