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Media Literacy as the Prerequisite for Active Citizenship PDF Print

Date: 27 September 2016

Country: Macedonia

Screen_Shot_2016-10-01_at_12.17.22The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has co-organised a conference “Media literacy as the prerequisite for active citizenship” held on 27 September in Skopje, Macedonia. At the conference representatives of relevant institutions, non-governmental sector, education sector and the media, raised numerous questions about Media and Information literacy (MIL) in Macedonia, as well as about the roles of different stakeholders. One of the key conclusions was that MIL has to be integrated in the school curriculum.

“The media also should educate and interact with the audience while active civil society has a role to promote concept of active citizenship, be a source of information for citizens and implement non formal education programmes in the sphere of MIL,” concluded participants at the conference in Skopje.  ‘Media literacy in Macedonia: missing tool for active citizenship’ study was launched at the event.

Latin American Media and the Paralympic Games PDF Print

Published: 27 September 2016

Region: Latin America

paralympics_Rio_2016Media coverage of the Paralympic Games around the world differs. While Channel 4 in the UK continues to lead the way with its well-received and determined TV coverage, Indian media were criticised for the lack of reporting, as well as the US media for not sending enough journalists to Rio this year to cover the Paralympic Games. But how the media in Brazil and some other countries in Latin American covered the Paralympics, the international competition for disabled athletes that follows the Olympics?

Instead of focusing in the determination of athletes around the world in the Paralympic Games, some Latin American media as well as Brazilian media have focused in reporting only on their own winners. Additionally, some media have featured an emotional reporting of athletes with disabilities instead of spotlighting their achievements and efforts. Sensationalism over accuracy has been the main problem of the Paralympics media coverage.

Media Coverage of the Belgrade Pride 2016 PDF Print

Date: 18 September 2016

Country: Serbia, Belgrade

Belgrade_Pride_2016Many Serbian media outlets covered the Pride Parade in Belgrade from the security angle reporting that the gathering of activists and citizens who celebrated LGBT rights was guarded by strong police forces and was held without incidents. The Serbian public service broadcaster, Radio Televizija Srbije (RTS), has also made sure that the security aspect appeared in the headline without providing live coverage of the event.

Although most of the mainstream media in Serbia didn’t use openly homophobic language, they are far from fair and inclusive reporting about the LGBT community. On the day of the Pride Parade, some tabloids used the opportunity to remind their readership of the “true values of the Serbian society such as family and Serbian orthodox faith”.

No Hate Speech Movement to Hold Seminar on Antisemitism PDF Print

Published: 21 September 2016

Region: Europe

No_Hate_Speech_Movement_2The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) representative attended a meeting with No Hate Speech Movement, a campaign of the Council of Europe. The meeting was held in preparations for a seminar on antisemitism to be held early 2017. Several representatives from organisations operating in the field of tackling antisemitism and other types of racism, including MDI, CEJI and ENAR, as well as No hate Speech Movement members, exchanged ideas and opinions. MDI shared its experience from the recently finished project Get the Trolls Out which focussed on combatting antisemitism in the European (online) media.

What the Burkini Ban Says about World Media PDF Print

Published: 5 September 2016

Region: Worldwide

Burkini_and_BikiniBurkini ban on French Riviera caused a worldwide public debate and some memorable responses and posts on social media. Outrage started when armed policemen forced a woman on a Nice beach to remove her burkini, a full length swimsuit. The same ban had previously been introduced in other French cities because, as the mayor of Cannes David Lisner explained, “burkinis are a symbol of Islamic extremism and are not respectful of good morals and secularism.” After strong public reaction, France’s highest administrative court has ruled that burkini ban is “clearly illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties such as the freedom of movement, freedom of conscience and personal liberty”.

But how did the world media cover the burkini ban in France? Who did journalists talk to and whose voice was missing from the media coverage?

MDI at the Global Forum for Media Development PDF Print

Dates: 20 – 22 September 2016

Country: Indonesia, Jakarta

Milica_Pesic_at_GFMD_Jakarta_2016The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) held its fourth international conference titled “Decoding the Future: Rethinking Media for a New World” in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) participated at the World Forum by presenting its project Get the Trolls Out.

In a session Youth v. Propaganda, MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic explained how the project targeted younger users of the social media and helped them recognise myths, lies, or hateful rhetoric and deal with them in constructive ways by using different mechanisms – from street theatre, radio debates, documentary films to cartoons or off and online debates. Pesic also presented the MDI guide for countering hate speech on Twitter.

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