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Unwanted & Discriminated by the Media: Refugees & Migrants in the Maghreb PDF Print

Date: 29 November 2014

Country: Algeria

Algeria_Conference‘Welcome, Ebola and AIDS’ and ‘Africans create their Republic’ – these are just some of the headlines in the Algerian media about refugees and migrants. Discriminatory language and hate speech appear to be the norm in media coverage of these issues across the Maghreb region.

Also, migrants and refugees coming from Sub-Saharan Africa are treated worse than those coming from the MENA region, explained Dr Nabila Bouchaala, speaking at a roundtable debate on ‘Media Coverage of Refugees in the Maghreb’ organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and its partner, Réseau Algérien pour la Défense des Droits des Enfants (NADA), on 29th of November in Algiers.

 
From Polarisation to Pluralisation - Celebration of Diversity at the University of Lebanon PDF Print

Date: 5 December 2014

Country: Lebanon, Beirut

Beirut_Conference‘We have all the reasons to celebrate diversity. Historically, Lebanon has been the place where dozens of cultures, religions, ethnic groups and languages have met, mixed and influenced each other’ – said Dr Adnan Sayyed Hussein, President of the University of Lebanon, opening a conference held in Beirut on 5th of December.

The event marked the end of a two-year project called “Towards an Inclusive and Responsible Media in Lebanon”, run by the Media Diversity Institute and its Lebanese partner the Maharat Foundation, an organisation working on building a more democratic society through freedom of expression.

 
The Sandford St Martin Awards Invites Entries 2015 PDF Print

Deadline: 13 February 2015

Country: UK

Sandford_St_Martin_TrustThe Sandford St Martin Awards is now calling for entries to the UK’s most prestigious broadcast awards for radio, TV and online content exploring religious, spiritual or ethical themes. Entries are welcome from people working across the broadcast media – producers, broadcasters, online content creators and publishers. The deadline for entries is 13 February 2015.

The 2015 Awards, worth around £10,000, will be presented in May 2015. Previous winners have included Professor Simon Schama, Danny Boyle, Ian Hislop, Howard Jacobson, David Suchet, Rageh Omaar, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, Sally Magnusson, Tony Robinson and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

 
Immigrants as 'Aliens' for the Right-Wing Media PDF Print

Published: 4 December 2014

Country: US

Immigration_USUS President Obama’s immigration plan is the most recent opportunity utilised by the some of the media portraying immigrants as “threatening aliens ” to the American nation. Immigrants in the US were accused once again of “stealing jobs, costing taxpayers and being responsible for overcrowded schools and hospitals”.

US president recently proposed immigration reform that would give a temporary right to 5 million people to stay in the country.  Not surprisingly, some media outlets used this occasion to belittle the importance of immigrant rights and jumped into the full wave of anti-immigration advocacy and rhetorics.

 
Rage or Race - US Media on Ferguson PDF Print

Published: 29 November

Country: US

Ferguson_PoliceThe majority of the media describe the situation in Ferguson, Missouri as a warzone, a place of fires and chaos, riots, looting and destruction. The Grand Jury recently dropped the charges against the police officer who shot Michael Brown, a black teenager, and since then the protests in Ferguson have been dominating the US media, but many accused the mainstream media of giving too much prominence to the potential for violence and not enough to the decision itself. There are not so many media outlets which provided the context without stigmatising the black community by connecting them primarily with violence on the streets of Ferguson and a destruction of the city.

Young black Americans turned to #BlackTwitter to provide their own version of the truth.

 
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