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Hate Speech vs. Freedom of Expression, the Georgian case PDF Print

Published: 14 November 2013

Country: Georgia

religion Georgia widerThe Council of Religions of Georgia has severely criticised a draft law to ban hate speech in the country.

The government is confident that the law would suppress discrimination and ensure equality of all people. But the Council of Religions and other public organisations fear that the draft law will be used to limit the freedom of expression – thus violating the constitution.

 
MDI “Strengthening Media Freedom” in Serbia PDF Print

Published: 12 November 2013

Country: Serbia

serbian newspapersThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI), as a partner in a consortium led by EPTISA, has been awarded the European Union funded project named “Strengthening Media Freedom”. In the next two years MDI, EPTISA Regional Office for Southeast Europe and Zivkovic-Samardzic Law Office will support the efforts of the Serbian Government in the harmonisation of the legal framework governing the media sector and in the enhancement of the competences of journalists and media professionals.

MDI’s work on promoting professionalism in journalism, inclusiveness and diversity in media through various training programmes, conferences and publications, has been recognised as necessary in enforcing the freedom of expression and applying the EU and the Council of Europe’s standards in the field of media.

 
MDI in Consultations on EU Support to Media PDF Print

Dates: 7-9 November 2013

Region: Western Balkans and Turkey

brussels 2 ec balkans nov 2013The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has taken part in the consultation on European Union (EU) support to media in the enlargement region, Western Balkans and Turkey.  The group of media professionals and experts from the region has gathered in Brussels on 7 – 9 November to work on the draft guidelines for EU support for media freedom and media integrity.

This was the first round of consultation between multi-stakeholders from the enlargement region and European Commission’s representatives. As one of the participants at the meeting in European Commission, MDI has intervened suggesting better media literacy programmes for journalism colleges and universities to be included in the EU Guidelines for media in the enlargement region.

 
Digital Media Training for Young Moroccan Activists PDF Print

Dates: 26 – 30 October 2013

Country: Casablanca, Morocco

morocco training 4Almost every representative of the Moroccan civil society organisations (CSO) attending the workshop in Casablanca had a Facebook profile at the start of the training. But only a few were familiar with tweeting and only one young activist described himself as a blogger.

By the end of the workshop, organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in partnership with Association Jeunes pour Jenues (AJJ), on digital media and strategies, every participant had a Twitter account and was tweeting comfortably using hashtags; almost two thirds had started blogging and the rest were creating websites for their organizations with the intention of interconnecting their online presence and drawing traffic from one digital platform to another.

 
MDI Debate on Media Freedom in the New Egyptian Constitution PDF Print

Date: 27 October 2013

Country: Egypt

egypt roundtable oct 2013Many Egyptians count down the days to vote in a public referendum for the new constitution that is being drafted behind closed doors. Specially, the wording and outcome of the articles in the constitution related to media have generated so much expectation and heated discussions.

The Media Diversity Institute gathered the prominent figures in Egypt in order to discuss freedom of the media in the new constitution. Influential media and political figures attended the debate, such as Amr El-Shobaky, one of the 50 members of the committee in charge of reviewing the drafted Constitution.

 
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