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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.

“Clean Living” Nominated for Samir Kassir Award PDF Print

Published: 6 June 2013

Region: Middle East

clean living filmThe short film "Clean Living”, supported by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), was nominated for the prestigious Samir Kassir Award. Ahmed Ateyya, the co-founder of Wojood Media Production which produced “Clean Living”, said that “it is an honour and a great achievement to be finalist in one of the most competitive journalism in the Middle East”.

He expressed his gratitude to the MDI team for supporting quality journalist, especially to the MDI trainer and journalist Richard Cookson.

Facebook Commits to Remove Violent Misogynistic Pages PDF Print

Published: 6 June 2013

Region: Worldwide

facebook womenFacebook has promised to undertake some measures against pro-rape groups, after a campaign by Everyday Sexism Project , Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) and author Soraya Chemaly denounced content inciting violence against women on the website.

In an open letter, they demanded the social media giant to end gender-based hate speech on its pages. Facebook users were also called to ask companies whose adverts appear next to harmful content to withdraw their adverts.

Facebook, which already censors breast-feeding images but not photographs showing abused women, it had in the past repeatedly ignored the issued.

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