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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.

CNN Reports on TV Programme Supported by MDI PDF Print

Published: 6 June 2013

Country: Egypt

CNN photoThe Egyptian TV programme “Awel el Khait” has got the attention of the giant media CNN. This network has reported on the third episode of the programme ”Awel el Khait” broadcast on Egyptian ONTV and supported by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI).

The topic of the third episode aired in May was the problem of sexual harassment in Egyptian society. The producers of the show dressed a man as a woman and sent him into streets of Cairo. The result of this kind of undercover action was the full exposure of a sexual harassment in Egypt.

MDI’s Lebanese Partner Visits London for a Study Tour on Media & Diversity PDF Print

Dates: 3 – 6 June 2013

Countries: UK, Lebanon

bbc snip2 (2)A group of seven reporters and media experts from Lebanon visited London aiming to exchange expertise on inclusive practices in British media institutions and universities.

On the first day, the Lebanese delegation met the Head of Diversity at the BBC, Amanda Rice, as well as the Guardian’s Head of Diversity, Yasir Mirza and the director of Channel 4 News, Dorothy Byrne.

The delegation from Lebanon had the opportunity to learn the three media organisations’ approach to diversity, in particular in two areas: content and employees.

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