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Scholarships for MA Diversity and the Media PDF Print

Deadline: 3 November 2015

Region: Worldwide

Chevening_ScholarshipsStudents interested in taking the innovative postgraduate MA Diversity and the Media course at the Westminster University, can apply for Chevening Scholarships until 3 November 2015. Initial application should be submitted here by 3 November, while the complete documentation for obtaining a Chevening scholarship can be uploaded by 14 July 2016.

The Chevening programme is one of the prestigious international schemes, awarding scholarships to help the world’s emerging leaders study in the UK. MA Diversity and the Media have been designed by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Westminster University. This course is on the list of Chevening looking for “ambitious and academically strong, young professionals who have displayed leadership potential”.

Arab Media Coverage of the Refugee Crisis PDF Print

Published: 9 October 2015

Region: Worldwide

RefugeesAs millions of Syrians refugees began to embark on the dangerous journey to Europe or died along the way, their stories have been dominating Arab newspapers, popular TV shows and social media platforms. Media coverage varied across outlets and great volume included condemnation of alleged Arab indifference, calls for internal reforms and criticism of the West.

Some media in the Arab countries expressed an outrage towards Gulf leaders, accusing them of being the ‘elephants in the room’ when it comes to their lack of support and responsibility for fleeing Syrian refugees. The Gulf Times, an English daily in Qatar, compared welcoming signs greeting refugees in Austria and Germany with the silence of the Gulf. Muhammad Hussein, a columnist for the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, wrote that the viral photo of Aylan Kurdi encapsulates all the disasters that afflict the Arab world.

MDI Supports Community Media in Serbia PDF Print

Date: 24 September 2015

Country: Serbia

Local_Press_Conference_Belgrade‘In the future journalists will need civil society organisations (CSOs) more than the other way around!’ The prediction came from Iona Avadani, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Journalism, Bucharest, who was one of the speakers at the 20th Anniversary of LocalPress, a Serbian Community Media Association (SCMA).

Experts from the Balkans and the rest of Europe heard about the hardship more than 50 newspapers, radio and TV stations, members of the SCMA, have been through over the last two decades. Equally important, the LocalPress representatives talked about the lessons learnt, the most important being that ‘common interests and values have kept us together’.

Is Charlie Hebdo Mocking Aylan Kurdi or Europe? PDF Print

Published: 16 September 2015

Region: Worldwide

Je_suis_or_Je_ne_suis_pas_CharlieFrench satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published a cartoon picturing a dead Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi and the message “So near his goal..." In the same cartoon there is McDonald’s clown sign promoting “two children's menus for the price of one”. But who and what is the target of this cartoon? Aylan Kurdi whose death on a Turkish beach, as many claim, changed the sentiment and attitude of most of the media towards the refugee crisis? Or does Charlie Hebdo attack Europe and its hypocritical, consumerist values and the way it deals with refugees such as Aylan?

Refugees have already been in a focus of Charlie Hebdo which published another cartoon entitled “The Proof that Europe is Christian”. It shows a little child drowning while a man, supposedly Jesus, stands on the water saying: “Christians walk on waters… Muslim kids sink.”

European Online Monitors against Antisemitic Speech PDF Print

Published: 11 September 2015

Region: Europe

10431494_1151897511492249_2362658954794808408_n_-_CopyWhat are the images of Judaism and Jews that you’ve been exposed to during your lifetime, and are you aware of where they come from? What are the most common myths about the Jews, and where do they originate? How to draw the line between antisemitic hate speech and legitimate criticism of Israel?

These are just a few of the issues tackled during the Training for Online Monitors against Antisemitic Hate Speech organised on the 1st and the 2nd of September in Brussels by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe as part of the Media Diversity Institute project “Get the Trolls Out!

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