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Egyptian State Media Turns a Blind Eye on Protests Coverage PDF Print

Published: 1 August 2013

Country: Egypt

egypt protest sisiThe political polarisation taking place in the Egyptian streets in the last few weeks has also arrived in the newsrooms of the Egyptian state media that has failed to cover the whole picture of what is happening in the country.

Experts affirm that state media in Egypt characterises for its historical lack of independence and for being the government’s tool.

“There is a difference about how state media works in Egypt. They are the mouthpiece of the government that rules at the time, covering only their point of view”, explains Ahmed Magdy, a media researcher that currently monitors the Egyptian media system through the national media watch group, Egypt's Media Credibility Index (MCE Watch).

Channel 4 Airs Daily Muslim Call to Prayer During Ramadan PDF Print

Date: 1 August 2013

Country: UK

hassen rasool tower bridge channel 4 ramadanThe broadcaster Channel 4 is offering its viewers 4Ramadan, a season of programmes to give a fresh perspective on the period of prayers and fasting, as well as the lives of British Muslims.

Channel 4, which was launched with the goal of targeting minority audiences and sparking viewer reactions leading to fruitful debates, is the first mainstream British TV channel to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer. The adhan has been aired live each morning at 3am since the beginning of Ramadan on 10 July and it will continue until the end.

Ralph Lee, head of programming, claimed on Radio Times: “Observing the adhan on Channel 4 will act as a nationwide tannoy system, a deliberate ‘provocation’ to all our viewers in the very real sense of the word.

MDI Representatives Address the UN in Geneva PDF Print

Date: 24 July 2013

Region: Worldwide

milica bracho un widerThe Media Diversity Institute’s Director, Milica Pesic, addressing delegates at the 5th session of the Ad Hoc Committee under the Office of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, on 24 July 2013, talked about the responsibilities of the media as related to xenophobia and racial discrimination highlighting cases in the UK.

“It was a great opportunity for MDI to share with the Committee members our experience from both ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ worlds.  To identify correctly the line between the right to free expression and the right to equality requires a lot of professional skill, clear ethical value and knowledge, everywhere in the world. Nowadays when journalists are under the pressure of ever-growing workloads, threats of job losses and political pressures from all sides, it’s easy to blame ethnic or religious minorities for all the bad things happening in our societies,” says Ms Pesic.

Do Italian Media Really Counter Racist Hate Speech? PDF Print

Published: 25 July 2013

Country: Italy

by Giulia Dessi

kyengeIn a long series of racist slurs against Cecile Kyenge, the first black minister in Italy, the latest one comes from the Senate’s deputy speaker.

Roberto Calderoli, who is also a member of the anti-immigration Northern League, said the minister of Integration reminded him an orang-utan, then adding that she “should be a minister in her own country.” At the Northern League festival where he said those comments, not one of the 1.500 militants present batted an eyelid, but as the news spread, a strong condemnation from media, left-wing party leaders, and social media forced him to apologise.

Fact-finding Mission: Labour Bid to Expose Bias Against Older Women in Media PDF Print

Published: 25 July 2013

Country: UK

By Aidan White

harriet harmanThe men who run Britain’s national newspapers (and a couple of women) have been put on the spot by Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman who has challenged them to come clean about their employment of older women in the newsroom. In a letter to editors she says that that a "balanced team" including older women is needed to ensure balanced reporting.

“We see the world through news and comment in our newspapers so a balanced team which includes older women is needed to report the world as they see it,” says Harman. “Equality is not just important in principle – it is important for the quality of newspaper reporting and comment." 

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