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German Far-right AfD's Digital Artillery PDF Print

Published: 23 March 2018

Country: Germany

By Angelo Boccato

German_PressSocial media had played a big role in the success of Alternative for Germany (AfD), a far-right party that won 13% in elections in September 2017. AfD also had an assistance of Harris Media, a Texas-based advertizing agency whose clients include the British party UKIP and Donald Trump. Their work could be recognised in an advertising campaign featuring an image of bloody tire tracks criss-crossing European cities, from Berlin to Manchester and Barcelona saying “The tracks left by the world chancellor of Europe”. That was a clear reference to the German chancellor Angela Merkel and her decision to open the country’s borders in 2015.

After Merkel’s political move, many German media have been accused of being uncritical and one-sided in their coverage of the refugee crisis, finds a report commissioned by the Otto Brenner Stiftung in Frankfurt. According to a study led by Thomas Hestermann, Macromedia School journalism professor, the German media’s focus has shifted towards alleged non-German crime suspects, despite the increase of attacks against migrants. For example, the German Interior Ministry claimed in February 2017 that nearly ten attacks against migrants have been made every day in 2016.

 
Hatred in Everyday Life in Serbia PDF Print

Date: 28 February 2018

Country: Serbia, Belgrade

CZKD_Belgrade_Feb_2018_IvanaThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Western Balkans organised a debate on hate speech in a public discourse in Serbia. „Discrimination and hate speech have became part of public life. Both traditional and digital media as powerful influencers, often contribute to the forming of hateful attitude, particularly among young people. Therefore it is important to discuss the issue of hate speech, the role of the media, as well as the bounderies between freedom of expression and hate speech,“ MDI Westwern Balkans Director Ivana Jelaca said at the opening of the debate on 28 February in CZKD in Belgrade.

Discussing why the media are one of the main producers and promoters of hate speech, Jovanka Matic, Research Associate at Institute for Social Science, explained that hate speech in Serbia today is different than hate speech in Serbia during the Yugoslav wars and the crisis during 90s.

 
Mechanisms of Media Control in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 15 March 2018*

Country: Serbia

by Jovanka Matic, Research Associate at the Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade

Serbia_Stop_Media_DarknessFreedom of the media has been a controversial issue in Serbia for several years. The public debate on the state of media freedoms and rights of journalists includes two highly divergent opinions. One claims that the media are completely free, that they are dominated by the critique of the government and that journalists make up attacks on them. The other holds that there were no less media freedoms in the last 25 years than today, that any criticism of the government is severely punished and that a growing number of journalists fear not only economic impoverishment but their life safety.

According to the online survey carried out by Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation in November 2017, only 3% of 177 surveyed journalists asses positively the situation regarding freedom of the media.

 
#SilenceHate Media Camp in London PDF Print

Dates: 23 – 27 April 2018

Country: UK, London

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The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is organising a media camp for 30 participants – journalists, audio visual professionals, and NGO and social activists who will exchange best practices and create innovative media products related to countering online hate speech towards migrants. The media camp will be held in London on 23-27 April as part of the project and campaign #SilenceHate.

The participants coming from all over Europe will work in teams and as individuals. They are expected to design at least 10 media products and/or campaigns about migration issues responding to the ethical challenges associated with reporting on migrants. The media camp will be followed by mentoring and sub-granting for content production.

 
Most of the Indonesian Media in anti-LGBT Campaign PDF Print

Published: 15 March 2018

Country: Indonesia

By Eline Jeanne

Indonesia_LGBT_PrideIndonesia has recently drafted a new penal code, one that looks to depart from the Dutch criminal code drawn up in the colonial era. The bill has not been passed yet, although many officials are confident it will. If this penal code becomes a reality, many minority groups in Indonesia will suffer consequences. One of these groups is Indonesia’s LGBT community, whose members will see many of their freedoms taken away with this new penal code. Specifically, the penal code would criminalise homosexual sex as well as sex outside of marriage. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) explores the role of the media in a rise of anti-LGBT sentiment in Indonesia.

 
National Geographic Exposes Its Own Racist Past PDF Print

Published: 13 March 2018

Region: Worldwide

By Eline Jeanne

National_Geographic_April_Issue_The iconic yellow spines of National Geographic’s magazines have graced the shelves of households around the world. Covering a range of topics from history to world culture, the magazine has been at the forefront of many important discussions in the past. Perhaps most significant is their upcoming April issue, which is a single-topic issue on race. Not only will this issue explore a variety of important topics related to race, but in it National Geographic explores its own racist past.

Titled “For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It”, the piece shares the results found by a historian hired by National Geographic to investigate its coverage of people of colour, both in the US and abroad. The magazine’s reasoning behind running this feature is clear; by exposing their own racist past, they hope to be in the position to urge other to do the same.

 
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