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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists PDF Print

Published: 2 November 2017

Country: Worldwide

Int_day_to_End_Impunity_JournalistsOver the past eleven years, 930 journalists have been killed for doing their job. Amongst them there are many who dedicated their work to diversity and reporting on sensitive issues and marginalized communities. On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2 November, UNESCO expresses its concern that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime. UNESCO invites Governments, civil society, the media, and everyone concerned to uphold the rule of law to join the global efforts to end impunity.

Over the last decade, less than one in ten cases of committed violence against media workers has led to a conviction. This means that for the majority of media workers who have been murdered, justice has not been served.

Between Fear, Disinformation and Oligarch-owned Media PDF Print

Published: 31 October 2017

Countries:  Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Ukraine

MIL_-_profilesTo celebrate the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) week 2017, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) talked with three specialists working in this field in Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Ukraine. MDI wanted to understand the level of access to information in their own countries and the ability of citizens to comprehend, evaluate and use media.

They told MDI about the Azerbaijani government’s ability to control information; the effect of the disinformation war on last year’s elections in Moldova; and how oligarchs use the media outlets they own as tools for their political and business fights. Yet, in this bleak media freedom landscape, there are some media and information literacy projects that are trying to change things.

Harvey Weinstein: Why Did It Take So Long? PDF Print

Published: 27 October 2017

Country: USA

Weinstein_victimEver since The New York Times published a report detailing Weinstein’s abusive behavior over the past few decades, the story has snowballed into a massive Hollywood scandal. Countless actresses have come forward accusing Weinstein of sexual assault and in response, The Weinstein Company has fired Harvey Weinstein. The case had opened up discussions about sexual harassment in Hollywood and entertainment industries. The media have given a voice to victims However, there is one detail that cannot be ignored.

The Weinstein case was not news to a lot of people. In fact, many people were aware of his behavior for a long time. So why did it take so long for the story to reach the public? How was the story buried for so long in the age of Internet and social media? Does this case prove how much professional and trusted mainstream outlets such as the New York Times are needed?

Lack of Media Coverage on Discrimination against Roma in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 27 October 2017

Country: Serbia

Dusan_Jovanovic_Roma_SerbiaMost of the Serbian media failed to report that 20 years ago two teenagers killed Dušan Jovanović, a 13-year old Roma boy. Dušan was on his way to a store near his home in the evening of 18 October 1997 when he was stopped by a group of skinheads who started beating and kicking him all over his body. He died on the street as a result of the beating, his skull smashed with a section of drainpipe.

The Serbian edition of Vice provided the most relevant and in-depth analysis on this case of discrimination against Roma. But tabloid Blic and RTV B92 for instance, republished parts of an interview with one of two teenagers convicted of murder.

Exhibition about Young Asylum Seekers in the UK PDF Print

Published: 25 October 2015

Country: UK

Asylum_Exhibition_2“Being an asylum seeker means waiting – always waiting. We've been waiting for four years now. It’s stopping you doing so much that you could achieve: I would be driving by now, I would be working, I would be going to uni." This is part of the Maheen Habib Gill’s story at the Claiming a New Place on Earth exhibition in London.

Focusing not only on their journeys to the UK but also on their efforts to establish new lives, the exhibition tells the stories of ten young asylum seekers. They are portrayed through professions and careers they dream to have such as mechanic, doctor, accountant, but without the legal status and papers in the UK, possibilities for work and studies are limited.

IARJ in Asia: Getting Reporting Religion Right PDF Print

Dates: 17 – 19 October 2017

Country: Indonesia, Jakarta

IARJ_Conf_jakarta_2017Accurate reporting on minority religions is sorely lacking, said journalists participating in the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) conference in Jakarta. This international gathering of religion journalists was held on 17 – 19 October in a country with the world’s largest Muslim population - Indonesia. There are more than 200 million Muslims living in Indonesia, but there are also many other faith groups.

Speaking at the IARJ event, the editor in chief of KBR68H radio news agency, Citra Dyah Prastuti explained how the Indonesian media failed to report accurately on the elections for the mayor of Jakarta in 2017.

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