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Roma Absent from the Lithuanian Press PDF Print

Published: 16 February 2015

Country: Lithuania

DSC011551-1024x576Roma and Muslims living in Lithuania are absent from the country’s media. Alongside a very low representation, the media tend to strengthen stereotypes by offering a one-sided portrayal of Roma as criminals, and Muslims as terrorists. This is often combined with derogatory terms, especially about Romani people who are rarely or never interviewed in the Lithuanian media.

These are the findings of the research conducted by the National Institute of Social Integration (NISI) within the project “Address of Human Rights – Journalism”. The study analysed the news pieces published and broadcast from June 2013 to July 2014 in national and regional media. The research, which focused on three specific ethnic and religious groups reveals that the members of Jewish community generally can be seen and heard in the news.

“Yes We Must”: Gender Equality in the Media by 2030 PDF Print

Dates: 8 March – 3 May 2015

Region: Worldwide

women_media_by_Kraising_BoonyarangkavornUNESCO has just launched Women Make the News 2015 (WMN), the annual initiative to promote gender equality in media content and staffing.

Within the programme Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), editors-in-chief of newspapers, radio, television, and online media are encouraged to produce special supplements or programmes on these topics, and to entrust women journalists and reporters with editorial responsibility for the duration of the WMN initiative – from 1 March to 5 May, encompassing the International Women’s Day (8 March) and the World Press Freedom Day (3 May).

CSO and the Media Working Together in Morocco PDF Print

Dates: 6 – 8 February 2015

Country: Morocco

Morocco_HomelessHalid ended up on the streets of Casablanca when he was 8. He was a child when his mother died unexpectedly. While Halid is telling his story to a journalist and an activist from Moroccan civil society organization, other homeless people start to gather. They want to tell their stories too. And they also want a sip of milk that is shared amongst them.

Halid’s story was heard after Abdelali who works as a journalist and Hamza, an activist for MADA Centre, joined their forces in giving an opportunity to people whose voice is missing from the media. They went on the streets of Casablanca and talked to the people who are rarely heard in the media, like the young homeless people are. The article they submitted was a result of the joint CSO-Media workshop organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in partnership with Association Jeunes pour Jeunes (AJJ) on 6 - 8 February 2015.

The Geography of Italian Hatred on Twitter PDF Print

Published: 11 February

Country: Italy

mappa_intolleranzaIn Italy, a total of 2 million hateful tweets have been registered over eight months. An Italian study has revealed that in the period from January to August 2014, more than 1 million tweets were directed against women and half a million against disabled people. 154,000 tweets were racist, 100,000 homophobic, and 6,000 anti-Semitic.

Vox Diritti, in cooperation with three Italian universities (Rome La Sapienza, Bari, and Milan) closely watched what has been said on Twitter against specific groups and, using an example of the California Humboldt State University’s Hate Map, created five geographic maps showing the “temperature” of hate in Italy. The North, Lombardia in particular, has the county’s dismal record as the most intolerant area on Twitter.

Development Manager Vacancy PDF Print

Application Deadline: 26 February 2015

Location: Victoria, London, UK

Salary: £35,000 - 37,000

drops of springThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is seeking an experienced full-time Development Manager to lead on the development of projects and funding proposals, including identifying funders, preparing approaches and proposals and negotiating contracts. The Development Manager will be responsible for the stewardship of all MDI’s funding relationships, including overall oversight of monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

MDI is a registered charity with offices in the USA, the UK and the MENA region in need of a mixed income of project and core funding granted by international media development agencies, governmental and intergovernmental organisations as well as charitable foundations. The full job description can be seen here.

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