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Girls are Girls and Boys are Boys? PDF Print

Published: 11 February 2014

Country: UK

CBBC_guideBBC audience guide for children's channel has been accused of gender stereotyping while it labels girls as emotionally focused and boys as task focused.

The guide entitled “Girls are girls and boys are boys” provides audience with a list of  characteristics for each gender; girls “have a tendency towards manipulation and can be over emotional while they are keen on fashion and enjoy listening to popular music”. Boys, one the other hand, enjoy achieving goals and completing physical challenges and for many of them their football team is a top priority. BBC stated the document was out of date and that had been mistakenly left on the website, without reflecting broadcaster’s policy.

“Easier to be a Journalist in Syria than in Egypt” PDF Print

Published: 4 February 2014

Country: Egypt

By Lorena Martínez

freeegyptiansThe number of reports of arrests, harassment, detention and prosecution of national and international journalists in Egypt, as well as, violent attacks, has increased considerably in recent months. Therefore some could argue that media has become one of the main targets of the Egyptian government.

“The latest salvo in a propaganda campaign by the state-run and pro-military news media” in Egypt is a leaked video showing the arrest of two journalists in December 2013, reports The New York Times concluding that “the goal is to paint the arrested journalists as part of a terrorist conspiracy”. Both journalists shown in the video are established correspondents who were working for the English language affiliate of Al Jazeera.

We are looking for a logo! PDF Print

Published: 4 February 2014

Deadline: 21 February 2014

Act-React-ImpactThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is launching a Logo Design Competition for students and young professionals.

This is a great opportunity for young designers not only to practice their skills, but also to gain visibility on an international level, for a European Elections project that will be prominent in Italy, Greece, and Hungary, as well as in the UK, tackling racism and xenophobia.


Good Journalism in the City of Orson Welles' Othello PDF Print

Dates: 3 – 5 January 2014

Country: Morocco, Essouaira

By Don Murray*

morocco_january_2014The quote was memorable. “I never expected, after the trials I had been through, to face death in Essaouira.” This was the opening paragraph of the story of African refugees fleeing war and trapped in Morocco. The quote, from a woman, referred to the death of a friend, thrown, she said, by police from his 5th floor balcony. The police called it a suicide.

The openning quote, like the story, was unexpected. In almost two days of the workshop on diversity, the plight of African refugees in Morocco had barely been mentioned.

Story of MDI in 8-Minute Film PDF Print

Published: 27 January 2014

Region: Worldwide

mdi-videoThe Media Diversity Institute celebrated its 15th anniversary by discussing the role of the media today and the lack of diversity, as well as the solutions for the more inclusive world media.

The documentary that pays tribute to MDI's work and its 15 years of promoting diversity in the media, was shown at our event "Prime-time for Diversity". This film was made by Rani Khanna, an independent filmmaker and the founder of You & Eye Films and it features media professionals, trainers, trainees, students and MDI staff who explain how the organisation has contributed to promote a more inclusive media with projects all around the globe for more than a decade.

If you want to watch the MDI video, click on the photo.

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