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Training on Diversity and Hate Speech in Lithuania PDF Print

Dates: 16 - 22 May 2013

Country: Lithuania, Druskininkai

lithuania training 1Twenty four journalism students and young journalists participated in the training on diversity and hate speech organized by National Institute for Social Integration from Lithuania. Some of the participants were chosen by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) who is the partner in this project.

One of the goals of the workshop held in Lithuania was to define terms ‘hate speech’ and ‘freedom of expression’ and to make a distinction between them.

The main objectives were to recognise hate speech and stereotypes, especially the stereotyping of the vulnerable groups, and to learn how to react against them. The way to do that, as Neringa Jurciukonyte from the National Institute for Social Integration explained, is through the direct contact with the people from the vulnerable groups. “Put yourselves in their shoes and talk to people directly”, said Jurciukonyte.

Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award PDF Print

Deadline: 30 June 2013

Region: Union for the Mediterranean countries

annah lindh foundation awardJournalists from the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean are invited to submit their works for the 7th edition of the Anna Lindh Journalist Award.

The Award, which started in 2006, aims at rewarding exceptional journalistic productions, contributing to a better understanding of the diversity of cultures in the Euro-Mediterranean region as well as promoting the positive role played by journalists in providing balanced and informed coverage on cultural issues in the region.

Multiculturalism in the UK: Has it any Future? PDF Print

Date: 9 May 2013

Country: UK

multiculturlism parliamentAt a conference in Munich in 2011, the British Prime Minister David Cameron affirmed that “state multiculturalism in the UK has failed” and that the country needed a stronger national identity to prevent people turning to all kinds of extremism.

These words were the starting point of a debate “Multiculturalism in the UK: Has it any Future?” organised by The Prisma Multicultural Newspaper, in the House of Commons on 9 May.

The aim was to go through the status of multiculturalism over the last few years, after Cameron’s well-known assessment, and to discuss the deployment, effectiveness and purposes of implementing a multiculturalist ethos in the UK, as well as the actual realities of living in a nation of cultural plurality.

Report “Innocent Mistakes”: How Media Failure Inspires Hate PDF Print

Published: 16 May 2013

Region: Worldwide

innocent mistakes photoThe Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) launched a report that gets to the heart of the ethical crisis facing journalists and media who struggle to maintain standards in the online age. The report Innocent Mistakes highlights the influence on media of deeply-embedded stereotypes and how the rush to publish is squeezing editorial standards, says Aidan White, the editor of the report.

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has contributed to the report by providing the analysis of media in the UK and the United States. MDI team members are amongst the authors of the report, as well as the designers of a publication.

The EJN report reviews coverage by major media in Britain, the United States, Turkey and Pakistan of the controversy over the Innocence of Muslims , a short video which came to prominence in September last year when it was uploaded to YouTube with anti-Islamic content.


Sexist Danish TV Show Sparks International Outrage PDF Print

Published: 10 May 2013

Region: Denmark

danish sexist showA Danish talk show, Blachman, has been widely criticised for being sexist and humiliating for women.

Aired on the Danish public service channel DR2, the show features a woman that silently undresses in a studio exposing her to two men’s judgement. In a dark studio, they critique out loud each part of her body at her presence.

Thomas Blachman, jazz musician and X-factor judge, is the host who gives the name to the show. He sits on a sofa and, together with another male guest, scrutinises the woman who stands up naked in front of them.

The show has faced harsh condemnations over the way it represents women.

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