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US Media Letting Down the Hispanics PDF Print

Published: 11 November 2014

Country: USA

Hispanic_CultureEvery year Americans get a unique chance to experience and appreciate the diversity of Hispanic culture and acknowledge the contributions of Latino American citizens during Hispanic Heritage Month in the Fall. However, Independent reports suggest that this opportunity may be lost due to stereotypes and bias that exists in media outlets, particularly the right wing media.

“Conservative media's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 - October 15 included smearing migrant children as conveyors of disease, accusing the Mexican president of encouraging illegal immigration, and mocking MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart for conducting a bilingual interview,” says Media Matters for America in its report 'How Right-Wing Media Talked About Hispanics During Hispanic Heritage Month'.

 
Sexism, Threats and Video Games PDF Print

Published: 11 November 2014

Region: Worldwide

Video_GamesOn Monday October 13th, the Utah State University Administration received an email warning that a shooting massacre would be carried out in one of its events. The speech of the feminist blogger who explores women’s portrayal in video games,  Anita Sarkeesian, scheduled for the next day, was cancelled.

Like Sarkeesian, several other women in the video game industry have faced death and rape threats. Recently, an American game developer had to leave her home because of death threats against her and her family.

 
Media Enabled Musketeers PDF Print

Published: 10 November 2014

Countries: US, Russia

Media_Enabled_Musketeers“My name is Jon Novick. I’m 22 years old, and I am a dwarf with achondroplasia,” says the author of the short film Don’t Look Down On Me that has become a Youtube sensation with over 2,6 million hits. Novick’s film, which takes place in New York City, chronicles the backlash he receives daily for his disability. Novick‘s “button camera” which is pinned on his shirt, provides the viewer a chance to understand what it is like to live with dwarfism in a big city.

Novick is a part of Media Enabled Musketeers, a group of Russians and Americans committed to raising awareness about disability through film. There are almost 50 contributors who want to highlight the prejudices and the challenges they, as people with disabilities, face every day.

 
Spot Racism Online PDF Print
Published: 10 November 2014

Region: Worldwide

spot_racism_onlineThe global nature of the Internet, combined with easy access to technology and, most crucially, anonymity, makes it an ideal platform from which to promote hate.

Light-On Project consortium, which encourages cross-community actions for combating racism and discrimination, and The Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum published recently the Anti-Racism Toolkit. Focusing on internet racist discourse, the project has also produced a more specific booklet: Spot Racism Online.

 
Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2015 PDF Print

Deadline: 20 November 2015

Region: Worldwide

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Nominations for the annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2015 are now open. These prizes honour the most remarkable free expression leading figures, recognising their fight to speak out in the most difficult conditions. Previous award winners include Anna Politkovkaya, Wikileaks, Nawaat, Malala Yousafzai and Ali Farzat, among others.

Index invites the public, NGOs and media organisations to nominate anyone they believe deserves to be awarded in one of the four categories: Campaigner, Digital Activism, Journalism and the Arts. Winners will be flown to London for the ceremony, which takes place at The Barbican on March 18 2015. In addition, Freedom of Expression awards celebrate its 15th anniversary of the Freedom of Expression prizes inaugurating an Awards Fellowship open to all winners. This programme will provide training and support to amplify the work of the awarded.

 
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