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Hate Speech Against Migrants and Refugees in the Media PDF Print

Date: 10 February 2016

Region: Europe

Brussels_Meeting_Giulia_Refugees_Hate_SpeechAfter the avalanche that hit a hotel in central Italy in mid-January, a plethora of stories on the endless and brave work of rescuers dominated the media. Italians held their breath during the rescue operation in a race with time. The names, the faces, and the stories of those trapped in the hotel were soon read and shared by the whole country. But it was not until four days later that it emerged that a black man who worked in the hotel as a cleaner was under the collapsed building. No one was looking for him.

It was Faye Dame, a 30-year old man from Senegal who had lived and worked in Italy on a refugee status for three years. Italian media did not overlook the story. Mainstream media had his photos on their front pages and talked profusely about the refugee “with no criminal records” who was trapped under the snow. No other victim of the avalanche was given the same description. Why would they, after all?

 
Call for Entries: Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge PDF Print

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Deadline: 15 March 2017

Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan

photo_call_for_entries_MDI_websiteWith countries in the region neighboring Russia facing the growing trends of state- and oligarch-controlled media, fake news, and propaganda, Eurasian audiences are being increasingly exposed to biased information. At the same time, they also face many common challenges, from financial woes to global health issues and the threat of radicalized groups, which require quality objective coverage.

The millions of people affected by these challenges need to understand them in order to make better decisions, strive for better lives, and call for change. New and more creative ways of informing people and broadening the audience for entertaining but informative, high-quality content must be found.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) with selected partners and experts from the region will help talented local individuals, media, civil society representatives and others, to develop new ways to inform and engage audiences with entertaining, locally-relevant, high-quality content.

 
Unethical Reporting on Migrants in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 8 February 2017

Country: Serbia

Serbia_Migrants_ObrenovacBy claiming that a group of migrants tried to kidnap a baby as her mother was walking down the street, some Serbian tabloids misinformed the public, thereby causing panic and fear amongst citizens in Obrenovac, a small town near Belgrade. The information about the alleged attack first appeared on Facebook as a post by the baby’s uncle. It was used as a fact and basis for the sensationalist and discriminatory reports on migrants published in the Serbian tabloids Blic, Kurir and Telegraf.

The negative stereotypes and generalisations of migrants as 'ungrateful and unpleasent' quickly appeared in many Serbian media outlets.

 
London Kids Discuss Media Bias in British and US Press PDF Print

Date: 26 January 2017

Country: UK, London

US_Embassy_Kids_3The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) participated in the Youth Conference #MediaMinded held in the US Embassy in London. An MDI representative facilitated one of the workshops with A-level students from eight London secondary schools, who discussed media literacy, media bias and other challenges in the media environment. The MDI session focused on news reporting of migration and minorities in the US and the UK, while  three other sessions held in the US Embassy on 26 January 2017 analysed media coverage of climate change, (mis)information about relations between Russia and Ukraine, youth, unemployment and other issues.

 
MDI Workshop for Macedonian CSOs within MAMIL Project PDF Print

Published: 27 January 2017

Country: Macedonia

MAMIL_Training_1Civil society organisations’ representatives participated in the first of series of trainings organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) within the Macedonian Media and Information Literacy Coalition (MAMIL). Sixteen participants were introduced to the concept of media literacy, deconstruction of media messages and stereotypes, but they also practiced how to communicate with citizens trough the creation of media messages.

The training in Skopje was organised by MDI as part of the project Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance: Macedonian Coalition of Media and Information Literacy (MAMIL) led by the School of Journalism and PR.

 
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