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New York Times Keeps ‘Illegal Immigrant’ PDF Print

Published: 24 April 2013

Region: Worldwide

illegal immigrants protestDespite the decision of the Associated Press (AP) and some other media to ditch the term “illegal immigrant” from their stylebooks, the New York Times decided to keep it.

“Being called ‘illegal’ without trail or conviction is inaccurate and offensive”, wrote Aidan White for the Media Diversity Institute’s blog reviewing the AP’s decision to ban the expression “illegal immigrant”.

The condemnation of that expression could have been read on the pages of the New York Times itself. The newspaper’s editorial writer Lawrence Downes has written that "illegal" is often "a code word for racial and ethnic hatred".

Despite the dangers of “reinforcing the public prejudice against migrants”, as White emphasizes in its MDI blog, the New York Times decides not to give up “illegal immigrant” but changes the entry on “illegal immigrant” giving the more detailed guidelines. The newspaper’s reporters and editors are now encouraged to "consider alternatives". The alternatives offered in the New York Times guidelines are expressions like “unauthorised” and “undocumented” and the reporters are encouraged to use “an appropriate explanation of the specific circumstances of the person in question”.

First Anniversary of Everyday Sexism Project PDF Print

Published: 22 April 2013

Region: Worldwide

sexsimphoto2Laura Bates founded Everyday Sexism Project with the idea of providing a talking point for her friends and hoped that some of them might have stories to share in 2012. A year later, this website had compiled some 25.000 comments and spread to 15 countries.

“It spread like wildfire, as more and more women began to add their experiences – women of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world. A seven-year-old disabled girl and a 74-year-old wheelchair user recorded almost identical experiences of shouted jibes about ‘female drivers’,” explains Laura in The Guardian.

The Everyday Sexism Project collects instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis to show that sexism still exists in abundance and that is very far from being a problem that we no longer need to discuss.

Activists Demand EU to End Discrimination against Roma PDF Print

Published: 22 April 2013

Region: EU

Roma community aromadayctivists transformed the square at the entrance to the European Parliament in Brussles into a Roma settlement to denounce the discrimination and human rights violations this community faces across Europe.

Amnesty International and Roma activists in the character of local inhabitants, police officers and municipal officials staged a dramatic portrayal of a forced eviction, which is common in several European countries including France, Italy and Romania.

They portrayed the daily reality for Romani people who have suffered unlawful eviction, racial segregation in housing and education, even racially motivated violence and murder for centuries.

“What you saw today is not just theatre. It is something that happens on a daily basis to the Roma across Europe. We suffer abuses; we are discriminated against in all areas of life, at school, at work, on the streets, on the buses. EU institutions should take a stance and hold to account states that violate the rights of Roma,” stays Claudia Greta, a Roma activist from Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Course on How to Report on Women’s Issues PDF Print

Deadline: 23 April 2013

Region: UK, London

thomson reuters logoWorldwide journalists are invited to attend an intensive course on how to report on women’s issues organised by Trust Media, the Thomson Reuters Foundation training service.

The course, which will be held in London from the 27th to the 31st of May 2013, is “a lively and practical seminar designed to help journalists refine their skills, with particular emphasis on the coverage of women’s issues, their opinions and rights,” the Trust Media website reports.

Debate on Media Role in Egypt’s Transition to Democracy PDF Print

Date: 15 April 2013

Country: Egypt

al ahzar uni 1The Media Diversity Institute, in partnership with the highly respected Al Azhar University in Cairo, organized a media forum under the title “Media and Parliament: Tools of Modern Democracy” on 15 April 2013 in Cairo.

The debate held at Al Azhar University was attended by an audience of around 150, including media professionals, students, researchers, journalism professors, NGO representatives, politicians and diplomats based in Cairo.

The aim of the media forum was to bring together civil society, media and parliamentarians to discuss citizen-parliament interaction, the quality of media reporting on Parliament, inclusive media and its impact on politics, and on-going reforms in Egypt and freedom of expression. Speakers were representatives from civil society, the media and MPs from across the political spectrum, from Leftist and Liberal parties to Islamists. The moderator was Ayman El-Sayyad, writer and former advisor to the President.

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