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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.

#LigueDuLOL: A Long Road to Inclusivity in the French Media PDF Print

4 March 2019

Country: France

by: Sophie Chauvet

Screen_Shot_2019-03-04_at_9.21.25_AMThe #LigueduLOL scandal shook the French media to its core. Now that it has been exposed, will the media seize the moment, and tackle its discrimination problem?

Last month, the French daily newspaper Libération revealed that a group of prominent French journalists have been organizing sexist, racist and homophobic online harassment campaigns against their female counterparts in a secret Facebook group nicknamed, “La Ligue Du LOL,” or, “The LOL League.”


#RacismInThePress: An Open Letter PDF Print

28 February 2019

Countries: UK

Over the past year, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has received 8,000 complaints—but upheld only one. In a time of increasing antisemitism, Islamophobia and overall racist and discriminatory acts across the United Kingdom, Europe and around the world, we find this lack of oversight over this kind of reporting to be both troubling, and telling.

Today, Media Diversity Institute and Hacked Off are calling on the Independent Press Standards Organisation to end this #RacismInThePress, and start taking complaints of racism and discrimination more seriously. Please circulate our letter below using the hashtag #RacismInThePress.



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