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Social Media and Self-Harming amongst Young People PDF Print

Published: 20 October 2017

Country: UK

apple-1853337_960_720Social media has become a staple in the life of young people. In many ways, we do not know the effects this can have on a child’s life, with this development still being quite new. However, some new data has come to light which highlights the negative influence social media can have, particularly on teenage girls. A new study has been released by the British Medical Journal, with cooperation from University of Manchester researchers, focusing on self-harm amongst adolescents. Alarmingly, the study found that reports of self-harm in young girls (ages 13 to 16) have risen by 68% between 2011 and 2014. This is a sharp increase and is worrisome to say the least.

 
Tight Control of Online News Portals in Malaysia PDF Print

Published: 16 October 2017

Country: Malaysia

Zunar_HRW_ReportIn the last year the authorities in Malaysia have been closing down news portals which were mostly critical of the Government and the Prime Minister. Since Malaysia follows the global trend of consuming news trough social media platforms and online portals, not only that critical voices are endangered but also many marginalised voices that can express themselves only in the digital space.

The news consumption among Malaysians has dramatically changed over the last 10 years. A recent report has revealed that 86% of Malaysians get informed trough social media and on online portals, while 54% and 45% use TV and print media. Media analysts explain that many Malaysians turned to online platforms because of declining credibility of the mainstream media. But by the end of 2017 the Government is planning to introduce a law that will require online news portals to register with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

 
MDI in Armenia: Real Women to Represent Real Women PDF Print

Dates: 2 – 3 October 2017

Country: Armenia, Yerevan

Yerevan_event_Oct_2017Judged by the conclusion of the Yerevan Civil Society Forum devoted to the EU-Armenia cooperation, majority of Armenians would be ready and willing to join the EU, but only under a condition that Armenian customs and traditions including unequal treatment of women, are kept.

This impression was particularly strong during a debate at the panel on Diversity and Gender where worsening gender inequality in the country raised a few doubts about Armenia’s readiness to promote the EU values. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index, over the last 5 years, Armenia dropped from 84th to 102nd place out of 144 countries surveyed in total.

 
Call for Entries: Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge PDF Print

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Deadline: 29 October 2017

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

Euroasia_Call_for_Entries_SmallWith countries in the region neighbouring 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.

 
Las Vegas Shooting: ‘Lone Wolf’ or ‘Terrorist’? PDF Print

Published: 5 October 2017

Country: USA

Screen_Shot_2017-10-05_at_16.37.18The mass shooting in Las Vegas prompted a debate on whether Stephen Padock, who opened the fire at the music festival goers, is a ‘lone wolf’ or a ‘terrorist’.   According to the media reports, Padock killed 58 and injured almost 500 people at the music festival in Las Vegas. Was this an act of domestic terrorism? If so, why some media outlets avoid using the expression 'terrorism'?

“When a Muslim person mows down innocent victims and terrorizes a community, media and authorities are quick to declare it terrorism; when a white, non-Muslim attacker does the same, he is usually described as a disturbed loner in a freak incident. In both cases, journalists arrive at these conclusions early in the news cycle when information is incomplete,” reports Poynter. But the same prominent media platform refused to categorise the Las Vegas shooting as an act of terrorism based on ‘the complete, multi-part definition of domestic terrorism under the U.S. Code’. “We don’t know the Las Vegas shooter’s motives so we can’t call him a terrorist,” states the Poynter’s editorial team.

The British New Statesman claims the opposite saying that ‘motive doesn’t matter’ and that Las Vegas shooting was ‘a terror attack’.

 
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