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Media Relations Workshop for People with Disabilities PDF Print

Dates: 3-5 May 2018

Country: Macedonia, Skopje

Disability_Skopje_1Fifteen representatives of the Macedonian civil society organisations for people with disabilities gathered in Skopje on 3 – 5 May 2018. They participated in the workshop on media relations and campaigning as part of the new project led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and in partnership with the Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) and National Council of People with Disability Organizations of Macedonia.

The aim of the project „Disability: A Matter of Perception“ is to strengthen visibility of persons with disabilities (PwD) in the media. A weakened role of the media as protectors of public interest in Macedonia on one hand, and the difficult climate in which civil society organisations operate on the other, led to the shrinking of media space for pressing needs of disadvantaged groups, and consequently to citizens’ misperceptions in recognising the existing discrimination. The invisibility of PwD in the media hampers their true participation in public life and full exercise of human rights and social inclusion.

 
50:50 Gender Split of Experts on BBC? PDF Print

Published: 17 May 2018

Country: UK

BBC_Gender_splitThe BBC has announced that it is seeking to ensure that there is a 50:50 gender split of expert voices across its programmes by April 2019.

The BBC has already pledged to increase women on screen, on air and in lead roles to 50% in 2020. When the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) team met the Head of BBC Diversity Department, Tunde Ogungbesan, he explained that women would make up half the people who appear on its TV and radio stations and in leading on-screen roles by 2020.

 
Innovative Ideas for #SilenceHate against Migrants PDF Print

Dates: 23 – 27 April 2018

Country: UK, London

Media_Camp_1How can journalists in Europe improve their reporting on migrants and migration related issues? Is it through use of technology? Is it by giving migrants more space to tell their stories? Almost 30 journalists and civil society activists offered some innovative ideas on how to report and campaign against hate speech directed towards refugees, asylum seekers and migrants coming to Europe. They spent five days in London gathered at the Media Camp organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) as part of the #SilenceHate project.

Amongst the ideas developed and presented at the Media Camp were podcasts, interactive maps, short documentaries and web series about migrants and their journeys, as well as on their integration process in the society of different European countries. Some participants teamed up in order to produce photo journals, memes and campaigns countering anti-migration sentiments and hate speech in the media and public space. They worked in teams, as well as individually. They designed 18 media products and campaigns about migration issues responding to the ethical challenges associated with reporting on migrants.

 
#JusticeForNoura: Can Social Media Save Her Life? PDF Print

Date: 15 May 2018

Country: Sudan

By Eline Jeanne

dnCAMQtfdqPEfcw-800x450-noPadNoura was just 16 when her father forced her into a marriage to Hammad Hussein. Determined to finish school, she was able to escape and take shelter at her aunt’s house. Three years later, her family tricked her into coming back home. Upon her return, she was forced to move into her husband’s home. Refusing to consummate the marriage, Noura’s husband raped her, with the help of some of his male relatives. When he tried to do the same again the next day, Noura defended herself with a knife, which left her husband with fatal wounds. Noura told her family what happened, and in response they have disowner her. Even more tragic, her father took her to the police, where she was charged with murder.

At Noura’s trial, she was charged with intentional murder. The applied law does not recognize marital rape, which means that Noura’s forced marriage to her husband and his subsequent rape of her were not take into account. In Sudan, the punishment for intentional murder is execution by hanging.

 
MDI at the US Embassy Media Literacy Event PDF Print

Date: 25 April 2018

Country: UK, London

By Daphne Visser

MAH_Workshop_May_2017_3“We want children to become more sceptical about the news on their social media feeds,” Damaso Reyes said at the Media Literacy workshop “Fighting Misinformation” organised by the USA Embassy in London. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) participated in the workshop together with mostly secondary schools teachers and organisations implementing youth media literacy programmes.

MDI has already worked with the USA Embassy and Shout Out on media literacy programmes and youth conference #MediaMinded. The key speaker at the event held on 25 April in the Embassy in London, Damaso Reyes, is part of the News Literacy Project (NLP). Part of his job is to visit schools explaining and teaching children about media literacy, specifically news literacy.

 
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