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We Are Cracking Down On Discrimination in the Press. So Why Are Trans People Still ‘Fair Game’? PDF Print

12 August 2019

Country: UK

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

Screen_Shot_2019-08-09_at_10.59.48_AMWhen Garry Jones became editor-in-chief at the Daily and Sunday Express, he quickly called out these tabloids’ reputation for Islamophobic, anti-migrant headlines. He vowed that under his direction the papers would not be lumped along the likes of the notorious Daily Mail and Sun, and quickly went about rectifying the problem in the newsroom. His work paid off. Earlier this year, the Muslim Council of Britain acknowledged that the paper’s coverage of these communities had improved drastically, although problems remain.

Unfortunately, Johnson’s care to compassionately cover Muslims and migrants has not translated to other minority communities. Specifically, transgender individuals.

You need no more than a casual Google search to see a series of Daily Express articles that refer to transgender as an “ideology” or a “kind of lunacy.” What makes matters worse, the Daily Express gives a platform to Ann Widdecombe, a notoriously transphobic former MP, Government Minister and current MEP who voted against every single LGBT equality measure during her twenty-three years in Parliament. Do you see any similarities with the Times’s love of transphobic and racist Rod Liddle, or the Daily Telegraph’s generosity to Boris Johnson’s Islamophobia and sexism?

New Project, Countering Cyberbulllying Around the World PDF Print

12 August 2019

Country: Global

Screen_Shot_2019-08-09_at_10.44.15_AMThe Media Diversity Institute Global (MDI Global) is excited to announce FACE, a new project which aims to counter cyberbullying amongst young people.

The project, whose acronym stands for Fighting Against Cyberbullying & Exclusion will develop guidelines, materials, networks and multidisciplinary artistic approaches equip parents, youth workers and students to address the issue in their communities.

We developed FACE in response to the rise of cyberbullying and its extreme negative impacts. Earlier this year, the UK’s communications regulator OFCOM found that one in four children experienced a form of online abuse in 2018. Furthermore, they found that 80% of children surveyed said they were involved in a “potentially harmful online experience.”

Greta Thunberg: The Climate Change Activist Vilified by the Media PDF Print

7 August 2019

Country: Global

by: Eline Jeanné

GretaThunbergIf you have been following news related to climate change in recent months, you are bound to have heard the name Greta Thunberg. The 16-year-old Swedish activist first commanded attention by protesting outside the Swedish parliament, calling for immediate action against climate change. She inspired a following; the next month, over one million students around the world made headlines by skipping school in a global strike for climate change.

Since then, Thunberg has spoken at numerous demonstrations, several prestigious conferences and even been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. However, like many outspoken young women before her, she is being vilified in the media.

In the pages of the Herald Sun, Andrew Bolt criticizes Thunberg, calling her s a “strange” and “freakishly influential” teenager. He goes on to call her “deeply disturbed,” insulting her mental capabilities, not by engaging with her arguments or approach, but by repeatedly referring to her diagnosis with Aspbergers syndrome—which he refers to as “mental disorders.”


“Merely” A White Supremacist: How The Media Is Missing the Story of White Nationalism PDF Print

6 August 2019

Country: Worldwide

by Jean-Paul Marthoz

Screen_Shot_2019-08-06_at_1.15.09_PMLast Sunday’s New York Times editorial got right to the point: We have a White Nationalist Terrorist Problem.

“If one of the perpetrators of this weekend’s two mass shootings had adhered to the ideology of radical Islam, the resources of the American government and its international allies would mobilize without delay,” it pointed out.

In fact, the same remarks could be applied more or less to the press. Barring a few distinguished exceptions, the media have been slow in highlighting far-right violence. Over the years a succession of statistics have shown a systemic bias within the media in addressing terrorism. Impartiality and balance, the sacred dogmas of US and international journalism, have too often been thrown overboard. As Signal Al wrote in the Guardian, “Violent Islamist extremists are three times more likely than far-right attackers to be described as terrorists in the media, according to an overview of more than 200,000 news articles and broadcast transcripts."

Training: Passing On The Tools of Media and Information Literacy in Amman PDF Print

Dates: July 29-31

Country: Amman, Jordan

Screen_Shot_2019-08-15_at_10.54.12_AMOn #InternationalYouthDay, the importance of media and information literacy education has never been greater.

Between the dates of 29-31 July, we completed a three day training in Amman, Jordan that is a part of our Support to Media and Information Literacy in Public Schools project, coordinated alongside the Jordanian Media Institute and UNESCO Amman. Alongside our partners, we trained teachers from fifteen different schools around Jordan to create #MIL curricula to teach their students how to analyze the media, and think critically.

Study: Are Journalists Today's Coal Miners? PDF Print

Date: 2 August 2019

Country: UK, Germany, Sweden

Screen_Shot_2019-08-02_at_12.09.36_PMThe Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford recently published a report about the challenges of fostering newsroom diversity and attracting talent in three European countries – Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The report is emphatic that profound social and political changes have reshaped our societies, making them more diverse. At the same time, technological advances fundamentally changed the way we consume information. It asks: do traditional media know how stay relevant in this world of fast-paced change?

Titled Are Journalists Today’s Coal Miners?: The Struggle for Talent and Diversity in Modern Newsrooms – A Study on Journalists in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, this report aims to answer this question. Its authors – Alexandra Borchardt, Julia Lück, Sabine Kieslich, Tanjev Schultz, Felix M. Simon – interviewed leading news executives and heads of journalism schools in Germany, Sweden and the UK.

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