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MDI Training for Soap Opera Scriptwriters PDF Print

Dates: 8-9 June 2013

Country: Egypt, Sokhna

soup1Twelve Egyptian soap opera scriptwriters participated in a two-days training on Inclusive Media in Sokhna, Egypt. The course was provided by Media Diversity Institute Director, Milica Pesic, and the Egyptian scriptwriter Shahira Sallam.

The aims of the workshops were to encourage the participants to see their societies the way they are: diverse, multicultural and pluralistic rather than homogeneous monocultures, and to broaden their professional skills to better represent diversity through fair, well-researched, sympathetic and dignified coverage.

Soap operas are very popular in Egypt and across the Arab world whose content is hugely influential in shaping social perceptions, attitudes and lessons that the audience carry with them into their daily lives.  “The influence that these entertaining media content can have shaping opinions among the society is huge”, affirms MDI’s director.

 
“Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” Video Contest PDF Print

Deadline: 27 September 2013

Region: Worldwide

doonething2The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and UNESCO have launched a campaign “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” which aim is to engage people around the world to Do One Thing to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.

As part of it, they have organised a video contest calling for participants to make a one-minute video that portrays diversity and inclusion. The aim is to raise awareness on the richness of world cultures and the opportunities that cultural diversity can bring to societies.

 
Gezi Park Protests show Erdogan’s Control over Mainstream Media in Turkey PDF Print

Published: 14 June 2013

Country: Turkey

by Lorena Martínez

penguins CNNWhile one of the biggest protests was taking place in Istanbul in decades, the mainstream media turned a blind eye to reporting what was happening in the streets. The major TV channels such as CNN Turk and NTV chose to broadcast a cooking program or a documentary about penguins, instead of showing images of the clashes during which the police used brutal force, and teargas on peaceful protesters that were trying to stop the  demolition of  Gezi Park.

The mainstream media failed to report on the initial events and fuelled the anger of many Turks who questioned the media blackout.

Emre Caliskan, a Turkish freelance journalist, points out one of the main reasons, “the majority of media companies have investments in other sectors and they are afraid to lose their contracts and be in the blacklist of the government”.

 
MDI Provides Inclusive Journalism Training in St Petersburg PDF Print

Dates: 28-29 May 2013

Country: Russia

st peters smilesThe Media Diversity Institute provided the training curriculum and the trainer for a workshop on responsible journalism on 28 and 29 May 2013 in Saint Petersburg.

The two-day workshop, “Responsible Journalisms:  Setting the Standards for Reporting on Social Diversity,” was organised by the Norwegian Union of Journalists and the Russian Union of Journalists.

It was the tenth seminar in a series of similar workshops on reporting diversity held across the country over the last three years. By equipping all of them with its guidance and intelligence, Media Diversity Institute has proven its leading role in promoting inclusive and diverse media coverage around the world, including Russia.

 
MDI-Supported TV Show Investigates Frozen Egyptian Funds Abroad PDF Print

Published: 12 June 2013

Country: Egypt

Awel el Khait 2The struggle of Egypt to recover frozen funds from abroad was the topic of the fourth episode of Egyptian “Awel el-Khayt” (“The beginning of a String”), a ground-breaking TV programme supported Media Diversity Institute.

Last Friday “Awel el-Khayt” revealed the unsuccessful legal procedures followed by Egypt to repatriate the money, which amounts to £592 million. Owned by those close to former president Hosni Mubarak, these assets have been frozen after the Egyptian Arab Spring and the resignation of the president.

 
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