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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Islamophobia? PDF Print

17 December 2018

Country: United Kingdom

By: Anna Lekas Miller

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Over the past year, a video went viral of a 15 year old Syrian boy being “waterboarded” by his classmates in Northern England, and a car purposefully crashed into a crowd outside of a mosque in London. Islamophobia is on the rise across the country, with three out of five British Muslims reporting that they have experienced hate crimes.

According to research done by Tell Mama UK, a leading monitoring organization that assists victims of Islamophobia, six out of ten victims who called in hate crimes in the past year have been female and most of the incidents took place offline.

 

 
Call for Entries: CIVIS Media Prize 2019 PDF Print

Deadline: 21 January 2019

Region: Europe

Screen_Shot_2018-12-06_at_1.55.25_PMCIVIS again recognizes programme contributions on the radio, film, television and the Internet, which are particularly suitable for the promotion of the peaceful coexistence of people of different geographic or cultural backgrounds. This year there is an additional prize for a project titled "Football and Integration" which will be awarded in cooperation with the DFB (German Football Association).

All radio and television broadcasting companies, production companies, streaming services and website providers in the European Union and Switzerland are eligible to compete. Journalism schools are also eligible to submit students' work, so long as it was broadcast or published between the dates of 24 January 2018 and 24 January 2019. For more information about submissions, click here.

 

 
Zwarte Piet: The Dutch Christmas Character Causing Controversy PDF Print

3 December 2018

Country: The Netherlands

By Eline Jeanne

zwartepiet.jpgAround this time of the year, Dutch children eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas (translated: Saint Nicholas) and Zwarte Piet (Black Piet) who travel to the Netherlands on a steamboat from Spain to slide down the chimney and deliver presents on Sinterklaas Eve for many children’s favorite holiday.

It is a beloved celebration across the country, but there is a catch. Zwarte Piet—who, according to tradition, punishes naughty children and brings them back to Spain in a jute sack—is traditionally depicted as Black, complete with Moorish clothes with a big afro, full red lips and gold hoop earrings, traits that the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) says are universally agreed racist stereotypes and reinforce a problematic image of Black people as villains.

 
South Social’s #GirlsMakeFilms Premieres at London’s Tate Modern PDF Print

27 November 2018

Countries: United Kingdom

By: Mikhail Yakovlev

Screen_Shot_2018-11-27_at_7.42.46_AMLast weekend, South Social Film Festival premiered "Girls Make Films", a film festival dedicated to showcasing exclusively short films directed by female filmmakers at London’s Tate Modern art gallery.

“South Social really shows the incredible variety that is London,” explains Paola Meli, who organized the festival. This years line up examined everything from gentrification to race, religion and sexism.

 

 

 
#IGF2018: How Internet Governance Impacts Media Diversity PDF Print

22 November 2018

Country: France, Global

By: Lucien Steinberg

FunInternetGraphicA host of media development and journalism support organisations gathered for a symposium at the 2018 Internet Governance Forum held this year at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The purpose of the event, organised by GFMD in collaboration with CIMA, Article 19, IMS and DW Akademie, was to deliberate on how media development organisations can increase their capacities in internet governance processes.

The concept of Internet governance (IG) began as an explicitly technical discussion around the development and adoption of network architectures and internet standards. However, in recent years IG expanded to tackle many political, economic and social dimensions as concerns with rapid technological disruptions to numerous industries, not to mention numerous social implications, such as how we communicate, work, inform and entertain ourselves, teach, learn, shop and even conduct elections. The journalism and media industries have not been exempt from such upheavals and thus media development organisations critically need a place at the stakeholders table in internet governance discussions.

 
Media Literacy Training Can Truly Empower Youth PDF Print

November 21, 2018

Country: Jordan

MIL_Amman_CartoonOver the weekend, Media Diversity Institute (MDI) participated in a seminar titled, “Support to Media in Jordan” in Amman, Jordan.

The event focused on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and is part of a larger project funded by the European Union and the Canadian Embassy in Amman. It is organized by MDI in collaboration with UNESCO Jordan and Journalists for Human Rights.

“The Internet has been a huge chance for everyone ignored by the mainstream legacy media,” MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic said, speaking about MDI’s work on MIL around the world.

 

 
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