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How the Media Make Us Feel Good about Migrants PDF Print

Published: 12 May 2015

Region: Europe

By Adil Yilmaz

Migrants_BoatEuropean media outlets portrayed the death of hundreds of migrants in April as a great shock to Europe, as if the European Union were not aware of the issues concerning the highly dangerous journey undertaken by hundreds of refugees every day.

Mainstream media covered the story very much like a devastating natural disaster by describing the incident as a ‘tragedy’ and a ‘refugee drama’, a choice of language that reflects the supposed helplessness of benevolent Europe concerning the circumstances under which migrants are forced to travel to find refuge in ‘fortress Europe’.

Reporting from the Sahara on Dune Voices Website PDF Print

Published: 12 May 2015

Region: Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Mali, Libya

Dune_Voices_MauritaniaCan you imagine what a life might look alike in today’s Libya? Or how disabled women from Timbuktu manage to live with stigma following them on every step? Do the Jews in south-east Morocco feel they belong to the wider community or whether there is way to end slavery in some parts of Mauritania?

The answers to these questions and much more can be found on Dune Voices, a multimedia platform for unheard voices and communities in Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and Libya. Articles and features produced and published on Dune Voices specialise in covering the topics of marginalised groups and minorities, vulnerable and forgotten by the mainstream media. They have been already republished on several other media outlets since the platform created by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in 2014 has become a source of an accurate, independent and diverse reporting.

Seen by the King, but Invisible for the Media PDF Print

Published: 11 May 2015

Country: Morocco

Ouarzazate_2Once upon a time, there was a king. On a hot, sunny day he was walking on the streets of Ouarzazate, a southern Moroccan city nicknamed ‘the door of the desert’. The king spotted Hussein who was on his crutches. For Hussein, being disabled all his life meant a difficult life and an invisible one. So the king decided to give him a present: A car. He couldn’t drive, but at least he could rent it out as a taxi. Hussein was tricked into murky business with some taxi drivers, yet his story remained unheard, as disabled people in Morocco are mostly ignored by national mainstream media.

The story about Hussein and his royal car is not a tale, but a true story told by one of the civil society activists and citizen journalist in Ouarzazate, trained by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI). During the last visit to Morocco at the end of April 2015, the MDI team provided on-site consultancy and training for 15 activists and inspiring journalists. The focus was on a better usage of online platforms and social media in order to make people like Hussein heard in public.

What is Controversial in PEN Award to Charlie Hebdo PDF Print

Date: 07 May 2015

Region: USA and worldwide

charlie_hebdoThe satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo received the much disputed PEN Freedom of Expression Courage award on Tuesday night in New York.

Despite the opposition of more than 200 of its members and the withdrawal of 6 writers as table heads, PEN American Center, a global literary community protecting free expression and celebrating literature, decided to honour the magazine that suffered the murder of 10 of its editorial staff in the 7 January attacks.

When receiving the award, Gérard Biard, Editor-in-Chief of Charlie Hebdo, said: “I perfectly understand that a believer can be shocked by a satirical cartoon about Mohammed, Jesus, Moses or even the Pope. But growing up to be a citizen, is to learn that some ideas, some words, some images, can be shocking. Being shocked is part of a democratic debate. Being shot is not.”

Hate Speech and Xenophobia in Kyrgyz Media PDF Print

Published: 6 May 2015

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan_Media_Report_2015Celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2015, School of Peacemaking and Media Technology published a report addressing hate speech in local media, digital security challenges and cyber threats, as well as political pressure.

After analysing the last four months of Kyrgyz media content, School of Peacemaking and Media technology concluded that the majority of articles and posts were using hate speech.

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