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"Media in the Balkans Worse than after the Wars" PDF Print

Date: 11 March 2015

Region: Western Balkans

Columbia_University_March_2015At the symposium dedicated to the state of the media in the Western Balkans held at Columbia University, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) chaired a panel. The symposium gathered journalists and media experts who were discussing the changes in the media since the end of the Yugoslav wars. Censorship and self-censorship in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia have already raised red flags among media monitors, investigative journalists, and foreign and local observers.

Therefore it was not surprising when the key note speaker at Columbia University, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic declared that ‘freedom of the media in the Balkans is worse than after the wars in the ‘90s’.

From Doubt to Dialogue: MDI launches “Media & Security in Tunisia” Study PDF Print

Date: 14 March 2015

Country: Tunisia

Tunisia_Rafik_ChelliIn the beginning there was doubt. Now there is a dialogue’. This statement by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Executive Director epitomises the work done in less than a year with more than 130 people - journalists, editors, security officials and security experts. They were interviewed to assess media practices in Tunisia related to reporting on security issues, conflict, and extremism.

The results were presented in the "Media & Security in Tunisia" Study which was launched at the conference held on 14 March in the Tunisian capital.

Italian Press Mix Up Gender Equality with Pornography PDF Print

Published: 13 March 2015

Country: Italy

By Giulia Dessi

mommy_daddyA school programme targeting gender stereotypes among kids has provoked national uproar in Italy where some newspapers intentionally misinformed readers implying that there were pornographic classes taught and dangerous ideas installed.

The Game of Respect, an initiative of the council of the city of Trieste, addresses the issue of gender equality at a very young age.  It is a playful and recreational project for pupils between 3 and 6 years old, based on activities aiming to teach that men and women are equal and deserve the same rights and the same opportunities.

Pew: Minorities More Interested in Local News PDF Print

Published: 13 March 2015

Country: US

Pew_Local_News_in_a_Digital_Age_StudyThe Pew Research Center published a report analysing the way local news are consumed in three distinct metropolitan areas in the United States: Denver, Macon and Sioux City. The study Local News in a Digital Age shows that nearly nine-in-ten residents follow local news closely, but also that minorities such as African-Americans in Macon and Hispanics in Denver follow local news more intently than the white people do. The study also suggests that some populations are more engaged with their local news stream, and that this holds across a broader range of topics.

The most recent Pew study proved that local newsrooms and especially local digital news entrepreneurs should to do more to meet the diverse needs of their communities.

Algerian Media to Sign the Diversity Charter PDF Print

Date: 7 March 2015

Country: Algeria

Algeria_Roundtable_March_2015If you were born to unknown parents or you are a single mother, if you are immigrant or disabled or a member of an ethnic minority, there are big chances that media would not know how to report on the issues concerning you. Or they would not report on them at all. One  of the ways to improve media situation and to achieve a better representation of marginalised groups and cultural minorities is to sign the Diversity Charter. The Charter was created by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) as a guidance on ethical principles for reporting on marginalised communities.

The Diversity Charter, as well as inclusiveness of the Algerian media, were  the discussed at the MDI roundtable held in Algiers on 7 March.

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