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US Elections, Media Coverage and Minorities' Issues PDF Print

Published: 10 November 2016

Country: USA

Trump_Journalists"I honestly don't know what to say. I am a woman. I am a woman of color. I am an immigrant woman of color. I am an immigrant non-Christian woman of color. And I'm viscerally horrified at the direction this country has taken, though, as my friend Brig Feltus notes with her poignant words, I should not be surprised,” wrote Nirmala Nataraj on her Facebook wall after Donald Trump was elected to be the next president of the United States.

There have been many articles, interviews and comments on what Trump’s victory means for the future of the country and the world, how it will affect racial relationships amongst the American population and what percentage of the immigrants should be worried when they become openly told that they are not welcome anymore. Without simplifying reasons and circumstances that brought Trump to the White House or trying to blame anyone for the fact that 47,5% of the American voters wanted him as the president, it is important to put the media under the spotlight. Were the American media treating racial, ethnic and gender issues enough when reporting on Trump-Clinton electoral race? How often journalists talk to the people such as Nirmala Nateraj? How often they ask them for the opinion?

 
Unique MA Diversity and the Media Combines Theory and Practice PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2016

Country: UK

by Roxane Biedermann

Ma_students_2The number of students attending the MA in Diversity and the Media in 2016/17 at the Westminster University has tripled.  Twenty four students attend the course, designed and set up in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI). From year to year, this unique MA course is changing, mostly following new trends in journalism, communication and the media. Also, this year there are new lecturers such as a filmmaker Rani Khanna teaching “Reporting Diversity: Gender, Sexuality, Age, Disability” module.

Professor Roza Tsagarousianou, who is in charge of the course, says there are numerous reasons why students express big interest in diversity in the media and related issues. “They know why they came”, says Tsagarousianou.

 
Bans on Holocaust Denial Don’t help Jews PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2016

Region: Worldwide

by professor Eric Heinze*

Holocaust_memorialI’d rather not think about how horrible Germany would be’, exclaimed Stephan J. Kramer, General Secretary of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, ‘if Holocaust denial were lawful’. What else could he say? The Holocaust had almost extinguished Germany’s Jewish community.  Numbers have revived since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but remain tiny.

To be clear, German law provides iron-clad guarantees for free speech.  For decades, the range and quality of the country’s print and broadcast media have been second to none, noticeably superior in breadth and depth to those of English-speaking nations.  Notwithstanding the bogus scientific façade, however, Holocaust denial is unequivocally hate speech, as research has repeatedly shown.

 
"Reporting on Migration, Asylum Seekers and Syrian Conflict" Workshop PDF Print

Date: 24 October 2016

Country: Belgium, Brussels

Brussels_Workshop_on_Immigration_October_2016The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Executive Director Milica Pesic moderated a workshop for journalists on how to reporton issues related to migration, asylum seekers and refugees, as well as how to cover the conflict in Syria. More than 20 journalists around Europe debated what are the ways to represent refugees and asylum seekers and how to do versatile, ethical journalism on Syria.

The workshop was held in Brussels on 24 October and was organised by The Finnish Institute in London, The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux and Felm, in collaboration with The European Federation of Journalists.

 
10 Years Without Anna Politkovskaya PDF Print

Published: 7 October 2016

Country: Russia

by Nadezda Azhgikhina,

Russian Union of Journalist and Vice-president of the European Federation of Journalists

Anna_PolitkovskayaAnna Politkovskaya was not the first journalist killed in Russia after the end of USSR.  On 7 October 2006, the day of her assassination in Moscow, the Glasnost Defense Foundation death list consisted of 211 names. We, organisers of the memorial meeting at Pushkin Square in Moscow, have been reading those names loudly. It took us 40 minutes to read them all what stroke all attending Russian and international journalists.

Anyway, Anna Politkovskaya was the first Russian journalist whose killing became an international news and initiated, after many years, new interest in Russia and the Russian media.  Dozens of international conferences, films, books, debates and articles made it an iconic image of courage, dedication to profession and human rights for hundreds of colleagues and general audience in many countries. Remembering Anna, today we remember  at the same time all  those who paid with their lives for the truth.

 
MDI Ends a Project in Morocco Pledging to Continue its Mission PDF Print

Date: 28 September 2016

Country: Morocco

Closing_Conference_SDC_Morocco_PanelThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) worked together with its partners, human rights and political institutions, local journalists and civil society activists in Morocco for the last 3 years in promoting freedom of expression, diversity and inclusion. Results and achievements of the project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss Embassy, were celebrated at the Closing ceremony in Rabat, on 28 September.

Since Morocco is holding general elections in October 2016, discussion at the MDI conference concentrated around freedom of expression, diversity and its implementation in new legislative period, and around MDI’s input towards more inclusive media landscape and civil society in Morocco.

 
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