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'Survivor' Instead of 'Victim' when Reporting Rape PDF Print

Published: 3 September 2013

Country: India

india rape mediaAfter the recent gang-rape of a young journalist in Mumbai, Times of India (TOI) announced that it would use the word “survivor” instead of “victim” while reporting on rape and sexual assault. The term “survivor” has been adopted by some media outlets after decades of campaigns by women’s group’s results in educating readers. But if it represents just a cosmetic change of using politically correct terminology, it means little.

“Politically correct terminology is not enough. Responsible journalism does not only refer to using politically correct terminology but it is also about the manner of reporting and respecting people’s privacy”, writes Kalpana Sharma for the Hoot.

Reporting of Vulnerable Groups in Russia PDF Print

Date: 29 August 2013

Country: Russia, Moscow

russia workshop august 2013There is a strong need for world's media to establish and to implement principles of responsible reporting on diversity, migration and marginalised groups. With focus on Russian media, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) organised a workshop in Moscow aiming to discuss media coverage of immigration and ethnic diversity.

One of the objectives of the training "Diversity and migration reporting of vulnerable groups in the media: the experience of the four regions" was to promote public dialogue on migration and to reaffirm the principles of professional ethics and the equal representation of different social groups in the Russian media.

Cupcakes In Support of Immigrants PDF Print

Date: 24 August 2013

Country: UK, London

By Pierre Smith Khanna*

immigrants cupcakesResidents of London borough of Brent staged a protest at Kensal Green tube station voicing their discontent with the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) recent campaign to send immigrants home.  In July, after mayor of London Boris Johnson had agreed to pilot the scheme in six boroughs of London, vans were driven around carrying slogans telling immigrant to "Go home or face arrest".

UKBA agents and police were already conducted checks across tube stations in Brent, and many have accused them of employing racial profiling to conduct their stops. As the Kilburn Times reported last month, such checks in Kensal Green tube station were accused of being ‘heavy handed’ - UKBA officers even threatened one resident who queried what was going on with arrest.

Is Hip Hop Portrayal of Migrants Accurate? PDF Print

Date: 17 September 2013

Country: UK, London

hip hopHave you ever thought, while watching the video of that hit song that you like, that migrants were unfairly depicted? Or maybe, on the contrary, you thought that their portrayal helped you better understand their culture of origins.

On Tuesday 17 September, a public meeting will discuss the representation of migrants on British hip hop videos and its effect on their rights.

Eugenia Markova, Senior Research Fellow at the Working Lives Research Institute at London Metropolitan University, and Patrick Turner, lecturer on the Education, Culture and Society programme at Goldsmith University, will show samples of videos they have been researching.

Journalism under Pressure with Hatred on the March at Home and Abroad PDF Print

Published: 30 August 2013

Region: Worldwide

by Aidan White

nahla mahmoudHatred has many faces and journalists need to tread with particular care when reporting issues that may, even inadvertently, reinforce prejudice and bigotry or inspire incitement to violence.

It’s an issue well understood by Nahla Mahmoud, a media spokesperson for an organisation of secular former Muslims in Britain. She has been the target of a vicious campaign by religious extremists after she provided an interview on Sharia Law for Channel 4 television.

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