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Women of the World PDF Print

Published: 10 March 2015

Country: UK

wow-friday-tweets-imageIn the week ahead of the International Women’s day, 8th of March, the Women Of the World Festival (WoW) in London celebrated women and girls and their achievements in art, media, film, education. Since its foundation by the theatre director and producer Jude Kelly in 2011, the success of WOW has counted on a number of event locations around the world, a rapid ticket sale, and big names such as Malala and Annie Lennox. The Media Diversity Institute reporter visited WoW in order to explore how this kind of events can have an impact that goes beyond the 8th of March and what are the best ways to boost a change towards gender equality.

No News on Murders of Black Transgender Women PDF Print

Published: 9 March 2015

Country: US

By Adil Yilmaz

Transgender_Murders_USSince the beginning of this year, seven transgender women of colour have been murdered in the United States. Goddess Edwards, Lamia Beard, Ty Underwood, Yazmin Vash Payne, Taja Gabrielle de Jesus, Penny Proud, and Bri Golec were either stabbed to death or died from gunshots in the first weeks of 2015. The remarkably high number of murders of black transgender people did not draw any attention from prominent media outlets in the U.S. Only a few local news outlets reported on the murders, but in many cases the coverage was not correct and accurate as the murder victims were continuously misgendered and given wrong gender pronouns and names.

Civil society responded to mainstream media’s indifference towards the murders by starting #TransLivesMatter and #BlackTransLivesMatter reporting on the incidents themselves. The series of murders opened up a discussion on the interplay of discrimination based on both race and gender identity. It also drew attention to the portrayal of transgender women in mainstream media.

From Crisis to Corruption in the Balkans: MDI at Columbia University PDF Print

Date: 11 March 2015

Region: Western Balkans

Columbia_UniversityThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Head of Operations and Development in the US Marija Sajkas will chair a panel at Columbia University symposium dedicated to the state of the media in the Western Balkans. With the key address to be delivered by Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the debate will focus on whether telling the facts and naming the names still grounds for intimidation and censorship of journalists and reporters even with much of the region on the cusp of European integration.

“It seems that the general tendency of the region towards EU integration and the ongoing institutional changes did not pursue much of the democratisation of the press. On the contrary, there has been much talk recently involving the discussion about the censorship and the auto-censorship in the Balkans,” says Marija Sajkas.

The forthcoming symposium “State of the Media in South Eastern Europe: From Crisis to Corruption” will take place at Columbia University on March 11, 2015.

Dune-Voices Extends to Libya: Safety and Ethics Most Needed PDF Print

Dates: 14 - 21 February 2015

Country: Libya, Tunis

Tunis_Conference«They came for us, probably to kill us. My sister and I had to escape our home through the back door, and seek protection in exile », she said, breathing loudly. She has heart problems and often suffers from short breath.  As many others in Libya, journalists are targeted in Libya on purely ethnic grounds. « At check points, if they find out you’re a journalist, they ask you from which part of which city you’re from”, says Youssef from Misrata. « And if you come from an area they don’t like, God help you”.

As Dune-Voices platform extends to Libya, the safety of journalists there is even more crucial than ever. At a conference held in Tunis on 21 February 2015, the Media Diversity Institute proposed to 60 Libyan journalists, lawyers, civil activists, elected officials to discuss the issue of the protection of journalists in conflict zones such as Libya.

Case PEGIDA: Media Attention for Racists PDF Print

Published: 16 February 2015

Country/Region: Germany, Europe

By Adil Yilmaz

PEGIDA_ProtestsPEGIDA (The Europeans against the Islamisation of the West) movement from Dresden has been present in the media for several months now. PEGIDA members are accused of racism and islamophobia, although they portray themselves as ‘average citizens’ concerned over the country’s future due to the alleged ‘islamisation’ of Europe and the ‘flood of asylum seekers’.

The movement managed to mobilize up to 25,000 people and was praised by far-right organisations. It has also inspired the anti-PEGIDA demonstrations in many German cities attended by many officials including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Media, however, still need to answer whether and how to report on political movements spreading xenophobic and racist messages and what kind of media attention PEGIDA deserves.

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