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Tackling Hate Speech with Humour PDF Print

Published: 30 May 2014

Region: Europe

By Giulia Dessi


There’s nothing inherently funny about the xenophobia that’s on the rise in Europe, but tackling hate speech with satire and humour is proving a useful tool in the fight against racism and intolerance. Together with our partners, the Media Diversity Institute has undertaken the “Our Elections, Our Europe” project, which includes cartoons and street theatre in its arsenal. We have been working in Hungary, Greece, and Italy—three EU members badly affected by the economic crisis and its symptoms, like high unemployment and right-wing anti-migrant propaganda.

The situation in each country is not the same, of course. Immigration is a contentious issue in Greece and Italy; less so in Hungary, where hatred concentrates on the indigenous Roma people and also targets the Jewish community. The continued success of the violent neo-Nazi Golden Dawn in Greece sets that country apart, but the xenophobic discourse is strong in Italy as well. In no country is there much positive media coverage of immigrants or minorities.

Telling the Interfaith Story PDF Print

Published: 29 May 2014

Region: Europe

Sweden2A fictional press conference, an elevator pitch exercise and a “speed-dating” were some of the activities that took place during the “Telling the Interfaith Story” Conference held in Stockholm between 16th and 18th of May.

Aim of the conference was the empowerment of the organizations working in the field of inter-religious dialogue as well as the strengthening of their network. Participants from different religions and nationalities have attended the 3-days event, representing a number of organizations from the UK, France and Sweden. Most of them work in the field for quite a long time and have experience in promoting diversity and tolerance in multicultural societies.

“Bastards” PDF Print

Published: 27 May 2014

Country: Morocco

Deborah_Perkin_DocumentaryA woman living in Morocco who takes on tradition, her own family and her country’s legal system is the protagonist of the new documentary film “Bastards” by Deborah Perkin.

“Bastards” follows the life of Rabha who fights for the recognition of her forced marriage by the Moroccan state and most importantly the legalization of the status of her daughter. In Morocco and many other Muslim countries, children born outside marriage are illegal. These children bear the stigma of “bastard” for the rest of their lives.

Do One Thing for Diversity PDF Print

Date: 21 May 2014

Region: Worldwide

Cultural_DiversityLearn a new language with a native speaker of your community! Or during a trip to a new country, go off the beaten track, mingle with the locals and discover things about their culture that the tour-guide is ignorant of. Or if you are a teacher, dedicate a class on how cultures have influenced one another: a Chinese proverb can also be found in the Arabic tradition; backgammon is also played in Iran and Greece and tattoos are used in South America and Africa.

These are just some of the suggestions for the celebration of 21 May, World Day for Cultural Diversity. “The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better”, says UN and lists 10 simple things you can do.

Identifying the Role of Media in Conflicts PDF Print

Published: 14 May 2014

Region: Worldwide

INFOCOREMedia Diversity Institute (MDI) participates in the new international collaborative research, INFOCORE (Informing Conflict Prevention, Response and Resolution) aiming to analyse the role of media in violent conflict.

The project will investigate in a three years period the role that media play in the emergence or prevention, the escalation or de-escalation, the management and reconciliation of conflicts in three main regions: the Middle East, the West Balkans and the African Great Lakes area.

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