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Dune Voices Journalists Develop their Multimedia Reporting Skills PDF Print

Published: 2 December 2016

Countries: Algeria, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Tunisia_Training_Nov_2016“Sometimes I think about suicide but then when I hear my child cry, I ask God for forgiveness that I even thought about it,” says the mother of five who admits that she sometimes is unable to feed her children.  She told her story to the Dune Voices journalist Nadia Retibi.

Nadia is one of dozens of young journalists and citizen journalists reporting for Dune Voices, a multimedia platform set up by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in 2014. The Dune Voices specialise in covering topics of marginalised groups and minorities in the Sahara region of six countries - Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia. More and more people coming from the vulnerable and communities forgotten by the mainstream media, have found their stories heard through the Dune Voices website. MDI have gathered 19 journalists who write stories from the Sahara, on 20-26 November 2016 in Tunis where they developed the multimedia and mobile journalism skills, mainly via practical and field work and exercises.

 
Black History Month in the UK Media PDF Print

Published: 28 November 2016

Country: UK

BHM_LambethWhat month is the Black History Month (BHM)? If you are an average news consumer in the UK who does not regularly reads the Guardian from page to page, then the answer does not come easily. In many British media outlets there was not enough content dedicated to BHM and the issues of the black community.

One of the positive examples is The Guardian. This newspaper created a special section on their website for the Black History Month, while some other British media did not give the celebration of the black heritage in the UK enough prominence. Some programmes at the BBC were even criticised for racism and stereotyping.

 
Hate Speech and Hate Spin - How to Counter it? PDF Print

Date: 18 November 2016

Country: UK, London

Hate_Spin_Book_Launch“Take a stand against hate speech. Never report it neutrally” – this is professor Cherian George’s message to the media. At the launch of his new book Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy, George argued political and civic responses are required in order to develop and maintain a culture of tolerance and openness to others. Further, he asserted that legal restrictions are often ineffective and should be a last resort in open societies. "What is the most needed are equal rights and discrimination laws," believes George.

His new book was launched during the Inter Faith Week in the UK that aims to enable greater interaction between people of different backgrounds. It also celebrates diversity and interfaith dialogue, as well as understanding between people of different religious and non-religious beliefs.

 
Burqa, Veils and Burkini in the Arab Media PDF Print

Published: 19 November 2016

Region: Worldwide

Screen_Shot_2016-11-20_at_11.37.37Indian Sport Shooter Heena Sidhu has decided to “skip the Asian air weapon competition” held in Tehran due to the country’s requirement for all female competitors to wear a hijab. She explained her decision in a few posts in her Twitter account saying: “I’m not revolutionary. But I feel that making it mandatory for even a sportsperson to wear a hijab is not the spirit of sport. I’m proud to be a sportsperson because people from different cultures, backgrounds, sexes, ideologies and religions can come together and compete without biases”.

The use of hijab, burqa and other dress codes for women has been in media focus around the world. In the context of war on terror after 9/11 and more recent attacks in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Istanbul and elsewhere, many media tackle this issue from the perspective of religions' differences.

 
South Social Film Festival - Celebration of Diversity in Cinema PDF Print

Published: 17 November 2017

Country: UK, London

Screen_Shot_2016-11-20_at_10.35.10South Social Film Festival is not an ordinary festival. Its focus is on independent international cinema by not only screening various films from around the world, but also by playing music and serving food from the country of the film. The festival is celebrating its first anniversary on 27 November at the Cinema Museum in London.

South Social Film Festival celebrates diversity of communities by giving the independent, international cinema a home in South London to encourage a fair representation of different cultures, voices and stories. This is a not-for-profit film festival.

 
Action Day Against Antisemitic Hate Speech PDF Print

Date: 9 November 2016

Region: Europe

30210459904_ba9b1a32c5_zOn the night between 9 and 10 November 1938, a night which than became known as Kristallnacht, a series of anti-Jewish pogroms happened in Nazi Germany and occupied Austria. Today, the 9 of November, which was the first step towards the Nazis’ extermination of the European Jewry, is observed across Europe as a day of memory and action: International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism.

This year, the No Hate Speech Movement, a youth campaign of the Council of Europe for human rights online, organised an Action Day specifically focused on combatting Antisemitic Hate Speech.

 
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