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MDI Contributes to United Nations Panel on Cybersexism and the Media PDF Print

21 March 2019

Country: United States, Global

CSW63In honor of International Women’s Month, Media Diversity Institute joined a Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) panel titled, Does the online space allow women in the media to challenge stereotyping and misrepresentation?

The event was held as part of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.

“The digital world is a space that is accessible to everyone, provided that technical obstacles are surpassed,” said Dr. Snjezana Milivojevic of the University of Belgrade's Media Studies department, who represented Media Diversity Institute on the panel.

Ethics of Care in New Zealand PDF Print

25 March 2019

Country: New Zealand

by: Verica Rupar

Screen_Shot_2019-03-25_at_12.47.52_PMThe terrorist attack in Christchurch has shaken New Zealand to its core. A white supremacist killed 50 people and injured dozens more in the attack on two mosques in a country where violence is rare, and racism unwelcome.

The grief is tangible. We feel it in the voice of the imam, the tears of Muslim men, women and children who lost their love ones, and the hugs of their friends, neighbours, colleagues, and fellow New Zealanders. It is felt by Christians, Jews, Hindu, people of all religions and of no religion. Kia kaha, stay strong New Zealanders, have been written on thousands of memory walls, pinned to flowers left in front of the places of worship, scribbled on the cards randomly put on park benches.

How A Grassroots Campaign Called Upon the World to #StopFundingHate PDF Print

21 March 2019

Country: UK

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

STOPFUNDINGHATEFrom a small social-media campaign to a co-drafter of a UN agreement, Stop Funding Hate has had a huge impact on media racism since 2016. Their grassroots strategy empowers ordinary consumers worldwide to push brands they love to stop funding problematic media coverage in notorious tabloids such as The Daily Mail and The Sun. We recently spoke to Richard Wilson, the Director and co-founder of Stop Funding Hate, to find out more.

MDI: Could you start by telling our readers why you started Stop Funding Hate back in 2016?

There was a huge surge of anti-migrant stories in the UK press, in particular in The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Daily Express. It was clear that this was creating a very toxic atmosphere that was only getting worse. Still, these newspapers just kept on pushing this really negative narrative.

I was very shocked at the way this was starting to spill into violence on the streets. I was thinking to myself, what would it take to persuade these editors to change the way they frame these issues? I was not thinking that we as a society cannot discuss migration. But, it was about the tone of these discussions. For example, The Daily Express in 2016 had 70 front page stories about migrants. Every single one was negative. That looks like a hate campaign.



Update: Open Letter to IPSO PDF Print

20 March 2019

Country: UK

migration-5c-20_37566799_1Earlier this year, Media Diversity Institute and Hacked Off authored an open letter to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), demanding better policies regarding handling complaints concerning racial and religious-based hate speech in the UK press. Over the course of one year, IPSO received 8,000 of such complaints, and upheld only one.

We have received more than one hundred signatures from parliamentarians, freedom of expressoin organisations and influential academics. We have received more than 5,000 signatures from concerned individuals. If you are one of our signatories, thank you. To add your name, please visit the Hacked Off website here.

“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?

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