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Dune-Voices Extends to Libya: Safety and Ethics Most Needed PDF Print

Dates: 14 - 21 February 2015

Country: Libya, Tunis

Tunis_Conference«They came for us, probably to kill us. My sister and I had to escape our home through the back door, and seek protection in exile », she said, breathing loudly. She has heart problems and often suffers from short breath.  As many others in Libya, journalists are targeted in Libya on purely ethnic grounds. « At check points, if they find out you’re a journalist, they ask you from which part of which city you’re from”, says Youssef from Misrata. « And if you come from an area they don’t like, God help you”.

As Dune-Voices platform extends to Libya, the safety of journalists there is even more crucial than ever. At a conference held in Tunis on 21 February 2015, the Media Diversity Institute proposed to 60 Libyan journalists, lawyers, civil activists, elected officials to discuss the issue of the protection of journalists in conflict zones such as Libya.

Case PEGIDA: Media Attention for Racists PDF Print

Published: 16 February 2015

Country/Region: Germany, Europe

By Adil Yilmaz

PEGIDA_ProtestsPEGIDA (The Europeans against the Islamisation of the West) movement from Dresden has been present in the media for several months now. PEGIDA members are accused of racism and islamophobia, although they portray themselves as ‘average citizens’ concerned over the country’s future due to the alleged ‘islamisation’ of Europe and the ‘flood of asylum seekers’.

The movement managed to mobilize up to 25,000 people and was praised by far-right organisations. It has also inspired the anti-PEGIDA demonstrations in many German cities attended by many officials including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Media, however, still need to answer whether and how to report on political movements spreading xenophobic and racist messages and what kind of media attention PEGIDA deserves.

Chapel Hill Shooting: A Tale of Double-Standards? PDF Print

Published: 17 February 2015

Country: USA

By Giulia Dessi

North_Carolina_ShootingOn the evening of the 10th of February, three Muslim students were murdered by a neighbour in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The way we came across this story was, ironically, by reading comments and articles denouncing that it was not in the news.

The lack of the mainstream media coverage, combined with a dismissal of the hate crime, sparked an outrage on social media and among those who gathered in front of the BBC headquarters in London protesting against double-standards in the media today and asking why ‘Muslims are being pictured always as assailants and not as the victims of terror.’

Meet the Libyan Journalists PDF Print

Dates: 14 - 22 February

Country: Libya

Libyan_Press_2MDI is hosting a group of sixteen Libyan Journalists at the multi-media workshop in Tunis. The group will be trained in Inclusive Journalism concept enabling them to join the MDI’s DUNE Voices, first online agency of its kind in North Africa.

Libyan journalist came from Benghazi, Misrate, Zouara, Derna, Oubari, Koufra. They  are  available for  interviews and briefings on the current situation in their country. They will be staying in Tunis until 22 February 2015.

For any media requests, please contact the MDI Programme Director on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Roma Absent from the Lithuanian Press PDF Print

Published: 16 February 2015

Country: Lithuania

DSC011551-1024x576Roma and Muslims living in Lithuania are absent from the country’s media. Alongside a very low representation, the media tend to strengthen stereotypes by offering a one-sided portrayal of Roma as criminals, and Muslims as terrorists. This is often combined with derogatory terms, especially about Romani people who are rarely or never interviewed in the Lithuanian media.

These are the findings of the research conducted by the National Institute of Social Integration (NISI) within the project “Address of Human Rights – Journalism”. The study analysed the news pieces published and broadcast from June 2013 to July 2014 in national and regional media. The research, which focused on three specific ethnic and religious groups reveals that the members of Jewish community generally can be seen and heard in the news.

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