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Many Media in Italy Failed to Question Far-Right ahead of Elections PDF Print

Published: 23 March 2018

Country: Italy

By Angelo Boccato

Italy_Elections_Salvini_2018The anti-migration and racist politics of the Italian Right, repeatedly echoed by the media, has paid off in the March elections. After a particularly toxic electoral campaign, far right parties such as Matteo Salvini’s League (Lega) and Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’ Italia) managed to collect more than 20% of the votes.

The campaign was dominated by fearmongering and attacks against migrants, scapegoats of Italy’s economic problems. A social media analysis by Amnesty Italy shows that 95% of hate speech in the run up to the elections came from the centre-right and was used by the three main leaders of the coalition (Silvio Berlusconi, Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni).

#SilenceHate to Combat Hate against Migrants and Refugees PDF Print

Published: 8 March 2018

Countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom

COSPE_Logo_Silence_HateMany recent studies show that manifestations of hate speech against migrants and refugees are increasing in Europe. The Italian organisation COSPE gathered eight prominent European organisations under the project and campaign #SilenceHate. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) together with COSPE, Amnesty Italy and Poland, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Karpos, Zaffiria and the Cyprus Community Media Centre will combat and prevent online hate speech against migrants and refugees by developing new and creative counter-narratives.

In April, MDI together with EFJ and COSPE will organise the media camp in London as a 5-day training for journalists, audio visual professionals, and social activists in order to build a counter-narrative on migration. According to the #SilenceHate project’s narrative, the most effective way to tackle hatred is through education and debate.

The Role of Community Media for Refugees and Migrants PDF Print

Published: 27 February 2018

Region: Europe

Refugees_and_Community_Media_StudyThe Council of Europe (CoE) published a study on the role of community media for refugees and migrants - “The Spaces of Inclusion”.  The study was produced by the Community Media Institute (COMMIT) based in Austria and several authors - Salvatore Scifo (Bournemouth University), Jonas Hassemer (University of Vienna), Brigitta Busch (University of Vienna), journalist Nadia Bellardi and Helmut Peissl (COMMIT).

"Whereas the media coverage of the ‘refugee crisis’ and the ways in which refugees are portrayed have been in the focus of a range of academic studies and public debates,” the authors of the study emphasise, “media practices, communication needs and possibilities of participation and self-representation of recently arrived migrants and refugees have been rather neglected.

Media and Value Based Conflicts Exchange in Belgrade PDF Print

Dates: 27-28 March 2018

Location: Belgrade, Serbia

March_Conf_belgrade_ENND_logoThe Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans and PDCS are inviting participants to attend the Media and Value-based conflicts exchange on 27-28 March in Belgrade. The aim of the Belgrade event is to discuss the role of media in current (and past) conflicts across Europe and to initiate conversation on potential solutions. The exchange will gather individual experts, journalists and civil society representatives from Europe to discuss how media influence conflicts in society, evaluate the situation in different parts of Europe, comparing and brainstorming the solutions. A workshop on the first day of conference will be conducted by Daniel Rzasa, a Google News Lab Teaching Fellow.

MDI Western Balkans and PDCS invite experienced individuals and/or civil society organisations to share their knowledge / good practice to join us in Belgrade. Due to the limited number of places, attentive participants are kindly asked to fill in this form and to submit by 28 February 2018. MDI Western Balkans and PDCS will notify successful applicants by 5. March 2018. For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organisers.

Superpowers and Failures of Black Panther PDF Print

Published: 22 February 2018

Region: UK, Worldwide

The_Black_Panther_movieWe apparently never had a black superhero on the big screen, nor a solo female host of the annual British Film Awards BAFTA. Although things have changed with a release of the Black Panther movie, Joana Lumley becoming the new BAFTA host and the Time’s Up Black Dress code expressing solidarity with victims of sexual harassment, it is still unavoidable to raise an issue of the lack of diversity in the film industry.

For example, ahead of the BAFTA 2018 ceremony, a new report revealed that 94% of all nominees have been white. The same report states that all BAME (Black and minority ethnic) actors who have won at the BAFTAs were in roles that "could only have been played by someone for an ethnic minority background" such as Mahatma Gandhi, Ray Charles, Idi Amin. “It’s up to all citizens to react and do something towards greater inclusion,” said the Media Diversity Institute Executive Director Milica Pesic in an interview for the Turkish Radio and TV, TRT World.

The Troll of the Month – German Tabloid Bild PDF Print

Published: 19 February 2018

Country: Germany

GTTO_Bild_Troll_of_the_MonthThe Bild newspaper was chosen as “The Troll of the Month” within the MDI project Get the Trolls Out (GTTO). The aim of GTTO Troll of the Month is to expose racist and anti-religious haters and to show the positive outcomes in the fight against intolerance in Europe.

The German tabloid Bild was pushed to change a deceptive and xenophobic headline, after social media outburst accused them of fearmongering. The Bild not only fuelled racism through sensationalistic headline saying “Four out of five refugees do not pass the German language test”, but it also misled the readers. According to the German Governmental Agency for Migration and Refugees, about 76 percent of the refugees who took the language test passed it. As listed in the full text of the article, the 4 out of 5 figure mentioned by Build did not refer to all refugees who took the test, but rather only to those who were illiterate.

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