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Reporting on Ethnicity and Religion - Ethical Dilemmas PDF Print

Date: 28 February 2013

Region: Hungary, Budapest

budapest cij and mdi event 2“The news media in Hungary regularly depicts disadvantaged groups in a stereotyped and prejudiced context, although the number of flagrant cases is rather low” - said lawyer Bea Bodrogi of CivilMedia, a monitoring and legal defence NGO at the roundtable discussion co-organized by the Center for Independent Journalism, the Goethe Institute Budapest and the Hungarian Editors’ Forum.

She added that her organization filed four complaints related to prejudiced and stereotyped portrayal of the Roma community to the Media Council, but all of them were rejected on various grounds.

More than 50 media professionals, NGO activists, legal experts and researchers attended the discussions in Budapest on the ethical dilemmas of journalists and editors face when reporting on ethnicity and religion.

The event was a part of the project ’Civil Society & the Media Working Together to Fight Ethnic and Religious Discrimination in the EU’, implemented by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) with partners, including the Center for Independent Journalism, Budapest. The project is co-funded by the Open Society Foundations.

Exclusive story produced at MDI training course PDF Print

Dates: 15-19 February 2013

Region: Egypt

egypt february exclusive 2The Egyptian politicians’ press conference was over but one dogged reporter was not finished. Mostafa Mahmoud El-Sherbieny, from Al Sabah newspaper, made his way over to one of the politicians, took him aside for a private chat and asked him some more questions.

The result was an exclusive story for his newspaper about a former presidential candidate threatening to leave the National Salvation Front, the opposition coalition.

The press conference was one of the practical exercises during the training course in parliamentary and political reporting organized by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in Cairo between 15-19 February 2013. The course was organized for the 15 young political reporters from Egyptian private newspapers. The press conference was set up to challenge the reporters to find real stories and was one among many practical exercises during the course.

Media’s Invisible Women: A Continuing Story of Discrimination PDF Print

Published: 27 February 2013

Country: UK

by Aidan White

radio 4 presentersAspects of how women are marginalised in media – old and new – have been highlighted on both sides of the Atlantic.

Harriet Harman, the combative deputy leader of the Labour opposition party and a veteran campaigner for women’s rights, has hit out at age discrimination against women in British media.

As the shadow minister for culture she has put major news media on the spot with a written demand to seven broadcast chiefs to give full details of how many women of 50 and over are employed as newsreaders, presenters and reporters.

At the same time in the United States the Women’s Media Center has released its 2013 report on the Status of Women in the US Media which finds that online media, far from offering more opportunities for women to play a role in journalism, is behaving just as badly as legacy media. When it comes to the profile and visibility of women in media they still come a distant second with men dominating bylines and stories.

Both events reveal how a continuing failure to deliver anything close to equality of treatment for women in the news business remains a major challenge at home and abroad.

MDI at UNAOC Global Forum: Dialogue with Ourselves PDF Print

Dates: 26-28 February 2013

Country: Austria, Vienna

pesic at unaoc viennaDuring the 5th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC), the heads of states and many other prominent personalities, decision-makers and experts have discussed Responsible Leadership in Diversity and Dialogue.

Leaders from around the world, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, conducted closed door meetings to address current global issues such as Syria, Mali, Israel-Palestine, and the future of sustainable development.

One of the participants at the Global Forum was the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Executive Director, Milica Pesic.

It is a great opportunity to share experience and views with people who are convicted, just as we are, that diversity is a value. Diversity is a value that every society can benefit from when it is managed with care and respect. But the sad thing is that we are having a dialogue with our selves. Only 'converted' are present here", said MDI's Executive Director at the UNAOC Global Forum.

Training on Strengthening Social Cohesion in Albania and Montenegro PDF Print

Dates: 4 – 8 February 2013

Country: Albania, Tirana

tirana pic 2Promoting an inclusive and accurate journalism for 15 years, executive Director of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Milica Pesic, shared her experience with the participants of the workshop in Tirana, Albania.

Pesic and Anser Hassan, were the trainers at the workshop on “The Role of Media in Strengthening Social Cohesion.”

Pesic and Hassan were training 16 reporters from Albania and Montenegro giving them an opportunity to learn from the examples of work for and with the media to cover diversity. In the examples were included media from the U.S., Southeast Europe and Western Europe that Hassan and Media Diversity Institute have been working with.

Representatives of the Roma, LGBT, and disabled communities visited the course in Tirana as special guests, giving presentations and then agreeing to be interviewed by the reporters.

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