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Hellboy Casts Asian Actor After Whitewashing Criticism PDF Print

Published: 14 September 2017

Country: USA

Hellboy_Kim_and_SkreinAfter the whitewashing controversy due to the casting of white actor Ed Skrein as a character of Asian heritage in the upcoming adaptation of the comic book Hellboy, the casting team has found a better suited actor for the role of Major Ben Daimio. The Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim is set to replace the British actor Ed Skrein, who turned down the role over concerns about being cast for a character of mixed race.

The initial casting of Ed Skrein sparked outcry over Hollywood’s whitewashing of Asian characters, following similar recent cases. Skrein, known for his work in Deadpool and Game of Thrones, said he did not know the race of the character Major Ben Daimio when he accepted the part in the comic book adaptation.

Hate-Free Media Workshop in Hamburg PDF Print

Dates: 23-25 November 2017

Country: Germany

Media_Against_HateCommunity Media Forum Europe (CMFE) is inviting applications for a media literacy workshop part of the Media Against Hate campaign. The workshop will take place at Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik, Hamburg, Germany from November 23 to 25 in conjunction with the Conference on Media and Migration Awareness.

Applications are open to community media practitioners, journalists, journalism schools and trainers, civil society organisations from EU countries. Those interested in participating at the workshop should contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information on how to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is end of 15 September 2017. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organisers.

Reporting on Migration & Refugees Workshop for EU Journalists Starts in London PDF Print

Date:4 – 8 September 2017

Country: UK, London

Screen_Shot_2017-09-04_at_08.55.10The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is holding a workshop for journalists from EU countries who are keen to improve their skills related to reporting on migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups.

The event will be held in London between 4 – 8 September 2017. The workshop, organised as part of the Media Against Hate project, aims to explore best practices on covering sensitive issues concerning migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups, in the context of Brexit and the growth of xenophobic attitudes across Europe.

Between Sensationalism, Islamophobia and Slanders against Catalan Independence: How Spanish Media Reported on the Barcelona Attack PDF Print

Published: 31 August 2017

Country: Spain

By Giulia Dessì

front_pages_Spanish_newspapersOn the morning of Friday 18 August, the day after the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks, customers who wanted to buy a newspaper at the Caprabo supermarket in Alp, a town in Catalonia, were left almost empty-handed. “In respect for the victims of yesterday’s attack in Barcelona, we will not sell any newspapers whose front pages are sensationalist and explicit. We apologise for the inconvenience,” said a sign taped on the empty shelf.


Despite the advice by the Civil Guard and the National Police not to share macabre images of the attack, most of the front pages and the inside pages of the main newspapers in Spain were replete with morbid images of corpses and people in distress. El Mundo, El Periódico, and ABC, among others, have been attacked on social media for their lack of sensitivity.

“Sunday Beauty Queen” Tells Filipino Workers' Stories PDF Print

Published: 8 August 2017

Country: China, Hong Kong

Sunday_Beauty_Queen_1“Overseas Filipino workers have happy lives in front of the camera. For one day, we are busy with photos and selfies, but behind those smiles, no one really knows what kind of life we are living.” This quote belongs to Cherry, one of the expatriate domestic helpers in Hong Kong featured in a documentary Sunday Beauty Queen. Focusing on an annual beauty pageant organised for Filipino community in Hong Kong, the documentary tells an empowering story and a deeper glance into migrants’ lives.

The film shows preparations of few Filipino workers for the beauty contest while revealing their struggle in everyday life. Most overseas Filipino workers provide domestic help for families in Hong Kong by working for 6 days and living with their employers 24 hours a day. Although their work is paid more in Hong Kong, Filipino migrants still pay a huge price for living abroad.

MDI Tackles Hate Speech in Serbia PDF Print

Dates: 26 – 28 July 2017

Country: Serbia, Belgrade

Belgrade_Stop_the_Hate_workshop_1A recent claim by the Serbian Ministry for Youth and Sport that many young people in Serbia would not take part in youth mobility programmes with participants from other countries in the region suggests - if it is to believe the minister - that young people in Serbia live with prejudices, not only about their neighbours, but also about minority groups in their own society.

One of the aims of the workshop Stop the Hate organised by the Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans (MDI) and the National Youth Council of Serbia in Belgrade on 26 – 28 July was to deconstruct stereotypes held by the youth, but also to highlight importance of tackling hate speech and discriminatory language.

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