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London Kids Examine Media Literacy PDF Print

Date: 31 October 2017

Country: UK, London

Media_Minded_1In order to learn more how to counter sensationalism, bias and misinformation in the media and on social networks, pupils from 7 high schools from London attended an event organised by Shout Out UK and the US Embassy - #MediaMinded.  The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) representative conducted one of the workshops dedicated to media literacy.  The aim of the event was to increase participants’ understanding of the importance of seeking information from a range of  reputable sources, particularly on complex issues, when forming political views.

MDI at the UNESCO Global MIL Conference PDF Print

Dates: 24-27 October 2017

Country: Jamaica, Kingston

Jamaica_MIL_1One of the main conclusions of the Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference is that there is a need to talk about media and information literacy (MIL), but to limit the scope of it too. Each year there are more and more ideas and definitions of the concept of MIL. Only in Europe there are around 15,000 projects dealing with the issue, yet hardly anyone can answer a simple question – has anyone changed their media views or political affiliations after learning how (un) professional the media they are following have been? In other words, do we change our sources of information after learning how to critically asses them?

Still, more than 300 participants of the UNESCO MILID Conference held in Kingston presented truly innovative ways to inspire media consumers to deal with mis-, dis- and mal-information. The expression ‘fake news’ wasn’t a very popular and majority of the participants at the conference didn’t want to use it stating that it is a ‘inadequate’ term, or the term ‘hijacked by Trump’.

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.

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