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Apply for the Media Literacy Workshop in Poland PDF Print

Dates: 8-9 June 2017

Country: Poland, Olsztyn

MAH_Poland_Workshop_Media_LiteracyApplications for the second international Media Literacy workshop co-organised by CMFE Community Media Forum Europe and COMMIT Community Medien Institut within the Media against Hate Campaign are now open.

The workshop will be held in Olsztyn in Poland on 8-9 June. It will consist of training on freedom of expression and respect of human rights, and of a roundtable addressing the topic “Muslims in the Media.” The roundtable discussion with local and international experts is organised in cooperation with OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

#MediaAgainstHate Announces 5 Favourite Videos PDF Print

Date: 21 March 2017

Region: Europe

MAH_5_Videos_StereotypesThe Media against Hate campaign invited professional journalists, community media practitioners and media students in Europe to document how their daily work helps fight against discrimination and counter hate. On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March, the “Favourite 5” videos were announced.

The Media against Hate jury including Giulia Dessi from the Media Diversity Institute, said that “it was difficult to choose, as contest entries demonstrated countering hate and discrimination from a variety of well-informed and relevant perspectives”. The selected “Favourite 5” videos are:

London Attack: Have Some UK Media Overreacted? PDF Print

Published: 24 March 2017

Country: UK

London_attack_front_pagesThe day after the Westminster attack, a number of front pages of British newspapers were filled with words such as “terror”, “rampage”, “maniac”. The breaking news coverage on many radio and TV stations was constant. The so-called columnist Katie Hopkins was again given a platform in some British tabloids and on Fox TV to spread hate, racism, Islamophobia and all sorts of discriminative rhetoric. Some anti-Muslim blogs misused and misinterpreted a photograph of a girl in hijab on Westminster Bridge. Could some media do better than this?

“Journalists struggle with the accelerating pace of the news cycle and the complicated and diverse nature of terrorism itself,” reads the report Reporting Terror in a Networked World, by Charlie Becket for the Tow Centre at Columbia University in New York. “Especially in the context of breaking news,” it continues, “they have to adapt to the speed and complexity of information flows that are increasingly influenced by the authorities, the digital platforms, and even the terrorists themselves”. But have some of the media outlets rushed to characterise the London attack as a "terrorist attack"?

“Media Tools against Hate Speech” Workshop for EU NGOs PDF Print

Dates: 22 – 26 May 2017

Location: London, UK

MAH_Image_2The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is inviting applications for a workshop it is organising for civil society organisations involved in countering hate speech and promoting rights of minority groups who are discriminated and targets of hate speech.

The event will be held in London between 22 – 26 May 2017. CSO activists from EU countries interested in participating at the workshop should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information on how to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is 2 May. All costs of participation will be covered by the organisers.

The workshop organised within the Media against Hate project aims to explore different media tools that can be used in countering hate speech. The trainers will particularly focus on digital media tools and platforms that can be used to support the work of those trying to counter hate speech. The workshop will be highly practical in nature and one of the objectives will be for all trainees to produce at least one media campaign product during the event.

Journalism and Community Engagement Under Trump PDF Print

A U.S. Exchange Programme through Washington DC, Baltimore, El Paso and Minneapolis

Date: 17 March 2017

Country: USA

By Giulia Dessi, MDI project manager

31899431943_d9902fb65e_kTwo days after president Trump’s first travel ban, the Washington Dulles International airport was in a frenzy. Instead of bored-looking taxi drivers waiting with a name printed on a sheet of paper, a loud crowd of protestors cheered and welcomed arriving travellers with chants and posters. Dozens of solicitors were offering free legal advice: “Do you need an attorney?” “Was anyone on your flight detained?” The presidential executive order, soon dubbed “Muslim ban”, halted all refugee admissions and temporarily barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries. This prompted both legal challenges and protests. All major U.S. airports that day had similar spontaneous initiatives.

I arrived at that airport on that day and I was overwhelmed by it. I was taking part in a U.S. Exchange Programme on Balancing Freedom and Security. It couldn’t be more timely. The agenda included meetings with professors, NGOs, authorities, and journalists in Washington DC, Baltimore, El Paso, and Minneapolis. I was eager to understand where all this was coming from, how it was received by those enforcing the law and by those opposing it.

Migration Media Award 2017 PDF Print

Deadline: 9 April 2017

Region: Euro-Mediterranean region

Migration_Media_AwardThe Migration Media Award will recognize and reward the excellence, relevance and newsworthiness of up to 36 journalism pieces dealing with migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The stories competing for the Migration Media Award funded by the European Union have to be published in between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Earlier published stories cannot be accepted.

The current discourse surrounding migration has taken a dramatically negative turn in the last decade both within Europe and internationally, demanding a review on how information pertaining to migration is gathered, shared and disseminated amongst different actors, which greatly affects both migration policy and public perception.

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