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Get the Trolls Out 2 – MDI against Religious Intolerance PDF Print

Published: 15 November 2017

Region Europe

GTTO_Phase_2At the end of November, the Media Diversity Institute and its partners will launch the continuation of the successful programme "Get the Trolls Out!" (GTTO). In the second phase of GTTO we are going to monitor the media and counter religious hate incidents against Muslims, Jewish and Christian communities in Europe through a campaign of myth debunking and solidarity videos and articles.

Led by MDI, the second phase in 2017-2019 will benefit from the partners’ exceptional experience of using innovative media outputs to deliver a powerful counter-narrative, extending their scope to include diverse forms of hate speech, including antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Christian sentiments and attempts to turn public opinion against migrants and asylum-seekers. The project activities will be underpinned by dynamic social media engagement.

New Virtual Hub Dedicated to Ethnic Minority People with Severe Mental Illness PDF Print

Published: 15 November 2017

Country: UK

Synergi_Collaborative_CentreOf all the people detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) in the UK, more than half of them are Black, states the 2015/2016 MHA report. Even though there are conflicting explanations as to why 56.9 percent of people detained under the Act are Black or of Black British ethnicity, it is almost certain that there is an inseparable and complex relationship between ethnic inequalities and severe mental illness.

A new national virtual hub, The Synergi Collaborative Centre, is being launched in London on 22 November to address this issue. And particular attention is being devoted to the narratives surrounding mental health when it comes to diversity, and how the media can actually help.

Media Literacy Week in the United States PDF Print

Dates: 6 – 10 November 2017

Country: United States

MIL_Week_in_the_USAThere has been 3rd annual Media Literacy Week in the United States. The mission, as the organisers put it, is “to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today.”

Media literacy is a necessary skill for anyone today, especially for younger generations, who are spending more and more time consuming the media. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently found that individuals ranging from 8 to 18 years old spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes consuming media. This is an hour and seventeen minutes longer a day than five years ago, a jump which the Kaiser Family Foundation puts down to more access to mobile and tablet devices. With so much time spent consuming the media it seems only logical to integrate media literacy into education. However, studies have found that Millennials in the United States actually rank very low when it comes to media literacy comparing to other countries.

The Internet as a Way to Fight Antisemitism PDF Print

Dates: 9-10 November 2017

Country: UK and Europe


The 9th and 10th of November mark the No Hate Speech Movement’s Action Day countering antisemitic hate speech. It is also on these date in 1938 when the Kristallnacht occurred in Germany; a pogrom targeting the Jewish community. These two days urge people to think about antisemitism today, a form of hate speech which is still very much present.

The internet acts as a two-edged sword when it comes to hate speech. On one hand, it offers those with hateful things to say an easy avenue to do so. The internet can keep someone anonymous and allows them to detach from what they are saying, giving people an outlet to say things which they might never say to someone in person. However, amongst these hateful incidents, the Internet also facilitates more ways to fight antisemitism. People are able to speak up about antisemitism via social media in a way that they could not before.

Westminster Media Forum Seminar on Improving Diversity in UK Screen Industries PDF Print

Date: 22 November 2017

Country: UK

Sharon-White_OfcomThe scale and nature of the diversity challenge facing the TV industry in the UK has been raising concerns, after the Ofcom report “Diversity and equal opportunities in television” recently revealed the failure of the British TV broadcasters to represent the whole society.

Focusing on this issue, the Westminster Media Forum, a company which organises senior-level conferences on public policy relating to the media, is holding a seminar aiming to improve the diversity in the sector, both on and off screen. The seminar will be in the morning of the 22nd November 2017, at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

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.

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