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Dune Voices Success at the Migration Media Award Ceremony PDF Print

Date: 14 June 2017

Country: Malta

Migration_Media_Award_Logo_2017Three Dune Voices journalists received the Migration Media Award at the recent ceremony held in Malta. Three awards for fact-based and impartial reporting on the complexity of the issue of migration that went to the journalists working with Dune Voices represent an official recognition of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) work and its multimedia platform team.

One of the newly EU-established Migration Media awards went to Bennour Hussein, a Libyan journalist trained by MDI and Dune Voices together with 70 other reporters from Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Hussein was awarded for a story about migrants and refugees in a camp in the Libyan town Gharyan published on the Dune Voices website. Chahreddine Berriah, one of the most productive Dune Voices reporters from Algeria, has been awarded for an article published in El Watan. Chahreddine wrote about the fate of Sub-Saharan migrants between Algeria and Morocco.

 
MDI at Facebook OCCI against Extremism Launch PDF Print

Date: 23 June 2017

Country: UK

Facebook_LogoAfter Germany and France, Facebook launched its Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) in the UK aiming to help charities and NGOs identify and eliminate hate speech. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI), which have implemented several projects on countering hate speech, participated at the official Facebook event on 23 June in London.

MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic was amongst the representatives of British civil society, media and academia at the Facebook event, while Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, revealed the details of the Online Civil Courage Initiative.

 
MDI Publishes Media Relations Handbook for CSOs in Arabic PDF Print

Published: 30 June 2017

Country: Algeria, Worldwide

algeria_manual_top_smallerThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has published an online media relations guide for civil society organisations entitled “Reach! Engage! Change!”. The first published version is in Arabic. The handbook was distributed to CSO activists in Algeria as part of the project “My Voice Counts: a Campaign to Promote the Rights of Women, Youth and Children in Algeria” funded by the European Commission.

The author of the handbook which deals with media communications in the digital age is Danica Dasha Ilic, a freelance journalist and media trainer. Nawel Hafid Guellal, founder & executive director of the Algerian NGO, Human Development Network (HDN), states in the handbook preface to the Algerian edition: “This handbook has been designed for the noble purpose of helping to rebuild trust and dialogue between civil society and the media in Algeria. It contains practical steps and affordable tools that would help any organization to get in touch with journalists and other media actors and build sustainable professional relationships. Additionally, the handbook draws on the expertise of the Media Diversity Institute in the field of organizational communication with the media in the region.”

 
From Angels to Taxis: Media Shift in Reporting on Migrants’ Rescuers PDF Print

Date: 21 June 2017

Country: Italy

Italy_MigrantsItaly has seen a radical change in the narrative of search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Mediterranean Sea, shifting from gratitude and admiration to suspicion and intolerance. This is revealed by “Navigare a Vista: The Narrative of Migrants’ Search and Rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea”, an analysis of the media coverage of SAR operations by Osservatorio di Pavia, COSPE, and Associazione Carta di Roma, three Italian NGOs.

Despite the constantly divisive coverage of migration, for all 2016 - says the report - the image of rescuers remains positive, with portraits of “heroes” and “sea angels” saving thousands of lives from drowning in the sea. But the first months of 2017 see a turning point in this dominant narrative.   “The work of the NGOs is under scrutiny, dissonant opinions emerge, and the good faith of the organisations and their humanitarian spirit are now challenged, up to allegations of being part of the so called business of migration,” report reveals.

 
King’s College:”The EU Referendum Campaign was the Most Divisive and Fear-Provoking” PDF Print

Published: 20 June 2017

Country: UK

Kings_College_EU_RefImmigration was the most prominent referendum issue in the UK media during the EU Referendum campaign in 2016, finds a study published by King’s College London’s Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power. After analysing 15 000 articles published in the UK during the EU Referendum campaign, King’s College’s researchers concluded that some media outlets blamed migrants for many political, social and economic ills. Some media blamed migrants for taking, but also for not taking British benefits, for violence, rape, traffic congestion, creating a schools crisis, costing a fortune to detain/imprison, even for benefitting from cheaper weddings.

King’s College study also finds that the EU Referendum campaign was ‘the UK’s most divisive, hostile, negative and fear-provoking of the 21st century’ and the national media’s inflammatory rhetoric was at least partly responsible for this. On the subject of anti-immigration sentiments, the researchers argue that although it is impossible to prove a direct link between hate speech and the recorded increase in hate crimes following the referendum, ‘explicitly blaming migrants for economic and social problems […] is almost certain to stoke resentment’.

 
Dune Voices Journalist Wins Migration Media Award PDF Print

Date: 14 June 2017

Country: Malta

Migration_Award_2017A Dune Voices journalist from Libya, Bennour Hussein, won a Migration Media Award, a newly established journalism competition funded by the European Union. Bennour Hussein who was trained by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) within the project Dune Voices, was awarded for a story about migrants and refugees in a camp in the Libyan town Gharyan. Other winners include journalists from 16 countries featuring fact-based and impartial reporting on the complexity of the issue of migration, its many challenges and opportunities.

“High quality reporting as rewarded by the new journalistic competition is urgently needed to improve people’s understanding of migration,” say the organisers of the Migrant Media Award ceremony held in Malta on 14 June 2017.

 
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