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Egyptian Journalists Awarded by MDI PDF Print

Published: 14 May 2014

Country: Egypt

MDI_Awards_JournalismEvery country is full of stories untold, problems unreported and people who have never been given the chance to have their voices heard.

Twelve young journalists in Egypt searched and discovered such stories and succeeded in bringing to the surface some of the biggest problems that Egyptian people have to deal with and the media continue to ignore.  And they have been awarded for that, after participating in the Media Diversity Institute’s Journalism Contest.

Eurovision: Diversity or Divide PDF Print

Published: 12 May 2014

Region: Europe

Eurovision_WinnerThis year Eurovision Contest and its winner, Conchita Wurst of Austria, inspired many columnists and analysts to examine whether media in Europe showed greater tolerance and diversity since the most votes went to the performance by the drag queen or, as some media outlets descriptively put it, “lady with the beard”.

Others wonder whether the Eurovision and the voting by each country show, yet again, a divide and the political preferences.

MDI Story of a Syrian Refugee in Morocco PDF Print

Published: 8 May 2014

Country: Morocco, Casablanca

Syrian_Refugees_in_MoroccoIt was a surprise quotation. “I ran away from death but have ended up in misery and humiliation; and this is worse.” The words were spoken by Naji, a proud Syrian refugee who arrived in Casablanca, Morocco five months ago.

Naji’s story was found and told by Abderrahim Tourani, one of 13 journalists who attended a five-day diversity reporting workshop in Casablanca, organised by the Media Diversity Institute between 24 and 28 March 2014.

Social Media Advantages for CSOs PDF Print

Published: 8 May 2014

Country: Morocco

Morocco_OnsiteHow about the topic of human rights to be taught at Moroccan universities? This idea came from Bouchemmama Med, an activist at Moroccan NGO Mouvement Rihanate and one of the participants in the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) workshops on digital communication skills.

Convinced that the human rights should be taught at the high educational level, Bouchemmama started an Avaaz online campaign and promoted the idea using social media and other tools. He was also contacted by a Moroccan journalist via Twitter and then interviewed on the very same subject.

Why the BBC Should Not Tolerate Jeremy Clarkson PDF Print

milica_BBC_WHYSDebating whether BBC should sack one of its top TV presenters Jeremy Clarkson over his racist remarks, MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic said: “It is not about Clarkson, it is about BBC. I don’t know what Clarkson thinks, but I know what he said. He is the public figure and what he says off the record matters just as what he is saying on air”.

Pesic appeared on BBC World Have Your Say programme on Friday highlighting that ‘the BBC should have zero tolerance towards racist or discriminatory language or behaviour'.

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