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U.S. Media, Trump and Migrant Children PDF Print

Published: 1 July 2018

Country: USA

By Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2018-07-02_at_09.59.24The American President Donald Trump suspended his policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border after some media and public figures clearly expressed their outrage. There were also publications that supported Trump’s policy while a photograph taken at the border with Mexico ended up at the cover of the Time magazine showing a child, Trump and the headline “Welcome to America”.

 
Dangerous Words of Matteo Salvini PDF Print

Published: 25 June 2018

Country: Italy

by Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2018-07-02_at_09.21.22Everyone is talking about Matteo Salvini. As new Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, he recently called for a census on Roma people with plans to deport non-Italian Roma. “Unfortunately, we have to keep the Italian Roma,” says Salvini, a leader of the far-right party Lega. He also made headlines by refusing docking rights to the NGO-run Aquarius rescue boat, which had 629 refugees and migrants on board. Last week the international media analysed his far-right, anti-Roma and anti-migrant rhetoric while the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) looks closer at the coverage of the Italian mainstream media outlets. Did they fail to question the Italy’s turn to right or there are signs of changing the course of reporting since Salvini became a minister a month ago?

After Salvini’s attack on Roma, there has been an outrage. The Union of Italian Jewish Communities pointed out that the proposal to create a registry for Italian Roma is a reminiscent of the similar registry for the Italian Jews in 1938.

 
“Migrant” as Slur, Stigma and Insult in Hungarian Media PDF Print

Published: 22 June 2018

Country: Hungary

By Eline Jeanne

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One afternoon last May, Mamoudou Gassama scaled four floors up an apartment building in Paris to save a young boy dangling from a balcony. Captured on video, the incident quickly got international media attention and as a response to the heroic event, French president Emmanuel Macron granted Gassama, an undocumented migrant from Mali, offering a residency in France and internship with the Paris fire service.

International headlines applauded Gassama, who has been dubbed “Spiderman” because of his climbing manoeuvres. The Independent called him a “national hero”, Sky News praised the “daring rescue”, which the Huffington Post described as “heroic” and the Myanmar Times as an “extraordinary act of bravery”. But there was a significant absence of praise for Gassama in Hungary. The Hungarian media largely ignored Gassama’s migrant background, as it did not fit the usual media narrative about migrants. Moreover, there were several reports negatively describing the hero.

 
Diversity in Publishing: There’s No Going Back PDF Print

Published: 21 June 2018

Country: UK

By Yasmine Alibhai Brown, first published by i News on 11 June 2018*

Penguin_Random_House_InclusionFirst, I should, I guess, apologise to the author, Lionel Shriver, best known for the explosive novel We Need to Talk About Kevin. On Monday, live on the Wright Stuff (Channel5), I rudely said she should ‘shut up’.

On second thoughts, maybe not an apology, but an extended reproach is what she deserves for writing up a storm in the The Spectator - these days a repository of regressive ideas and hard right theologies. The publishers Penguin Random House have decided that by 2025, their staff and authors would “reflect the UK population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability”.

 
Media Coverage of the Windrush Generation PDF Print

Published: 15 June 2018

Country: UK

By Angelo Boccato

Windrush_2The British Parliament Home affairs select committee called for a hardship fund to be set up by the government in order to help victims of the Windrush scandal who have fallen into financial difficulties.

“Members of the Windrush generation, who arrived in the UK from 1948, as well as their children, have been wrongly targeted and in some cases left destitute by Theresa May’s “hostile environment” policies, which require employers, NHS staff, private landlords and other bodies to demand evidence of people’s citizenship or immigration status”, reports the Guardian. The Guardian’s coverage has led to a public apology from Prime Minister Theresa May and the resignation of former Home Secretary Amber Rudd – a direct result of pressure from the paper over the Windrush scandal.

 
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