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London Attack: Have Some Media Overreacted? PDF Print

Published: 24 March 2017

Country: UK

London_attack_front_pagesThe day after the Westminster attack, a number of front pages of British newspapers were filled with words such as “terror”, “rampage”, “maniac”. The breaking news coverage on many radio and TV stations was constant. The so-called columnist Katie Hopkins was again given a platform in some British tabloids and on Fox TV to spread hate, racism, Islamophobia and all sorts of discriminative rhetoric. Some anti-Muslim blogs misused and misinterpreted a photograph of a girl in hijab on Westminster Bridge. Could some media do better than this?

“Journalists struggle with the accelerating pace of the news cycle and the complicated and diverse nature of terrorism itself,” reads the report Reporting Terror in a Networked World, by Charlie Becket for the Tow Centre at Columbia University in New York. “Especially in the context of breaking news,” it continues, “they have to adapt to the speed and complexity of information flows that are increasingly influenced by the authorities, the digital platforms, and even the terrorists themselves”. But have some of the media outlets rushed to characterise the London attack as a "terrorist attack"?

“Media Tools against Hate Speech” Workshop for EU NGOs PDF Print

Dates: 22 – 26 May 2017

Location: London, UK

MAH_MDI_Workshop_Digital_1The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is organising a workshop for the civil society organisations countering hate speech and promoting rights of minority groups who are discriminated and targets of hate speech. Fifteen civil society activists from EU countries, will gather at the event in London between 22 – 26 May 2017.

The workshop organised within the Media against Hate project aims to explore different media tools that can be used in countering hate speech. The trainers will particularly focus on digital media tools and platforms that can be used to support the work of those trying to counter hate speech. The workshop will be highly practical in nature and one of the objectives will be for all trainees to produce at least one media campaign product during the event.

Journalism and Community Engagement Under Trump PDF Print

A U.S. Exchange Programme through Washington DC, Baltimore, El Paso and Minneapolis

Date: 17 March 2017

Country: USA

By Giulia Dessi, MDI project manager

31899431943_d9902fb65e_kTwo days after president Trump’s first travel ban, the Washington Dulles International airport was in a frenzy. Instead of bored-looking taxi drivers waiting with a name printed on a sheet of paper, a loud crowd of protestors cheered and welcomed arriving travellers with chants and posters. Dozens of solicitors were offering free legal advice: “Do you need an attorney?” “Was anyone on your flight detained?” The presidential executive order, soon dubbed “Muslim ban”, halted all refugee admissions and temporarily barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries. This prompted both legal challenges and protests. All major U.S. airports that day had similar spontaneous initiatives.

I arrived at that airport on that day and I was overwhelmed by it. I was taking part in a U.S. Exchange Programme on Balancing Freedom and Security. It couldn’t be more timely. The agenda included meetings with professors, NGOs, authorities, and journalists in Washington DC, Baltimore, El Paso, and Minneapolis. I was eager to understand where all this was coming from, how it was received by those enforcing the law and by those opposing it.

Migration Media Award 2017 PDF Print

Deadline: 9 April 2017

Region: Euro-Mediterranean region

Migration_Media_AwardThe Migration Media Award will recognize and reward the excellence, relevance and newsworthiness of up to 36 journalism pieces dealing with migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The stories competing for the Migration Media Award funded by the European Union have to be published in between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Earlier published stories cannot be accepted.

The current discourse surrounding migration has taken a dramatically negative turn in the last decade both within Europe and internationally, demanding a review on how information pertaining to migration is gathered, shared and disseminated amongst different actors, which greatly affects both migration policy and public perception.

MDI Western Balkans at the National Consultation on MIL PDF Print

Date: 9 March 2017

Country: Serbia

MIL_Serbia_National_Consultation_March_2017The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans participated at the Consultation on National Media and Information (MIL) Policies and Strategies in Serbia.

The conference, held on 9 March in Belgrade, gathered multiple stakeholders to discuss Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Serbia, to initiate the process of creating specific policy recommendations on integrating MIL in the formal, non-formal and informal education system and look for innovative and sustainable approaches to MIL.

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