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Training on Peace Building for South Caucasian Activists PDF Print

Deadline: 13 May 2013

Region: South Caucasus

Abkhazia by NonviolentPeaceforce.orgThe regional project “Coalition for Trust” is open for applications from students, civil activists, and journalists who are residents in South Caucasian countries and regions (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Karabakh).

The aim of the project is to strengthen understanding and trust between people in a region characterised by conflict and human rights violations.

Starting in June 2013 in Tiblisi, the training will take place throughout the next two years. Attendants will take part in six seminars, as well as in meetings, study trips, public discussions and TV-debates on peace/trust building and reconciliation issues. Workshops are held in Russian and Georgian.


Three French Media Outlets Promote Diversity PDF Print

Published: 3 May 2013

Country: France

audiovisuel france croppedRadio France Internationale, France 24, and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya, have signed the French Charter of Diversity, showing their engagement in the fight against discrimination and in favour of diversity.

By signing the Charter of Diversity, TV channel and the two radio stations promised to strive for raising awareness of non-discrimination principles and diversity issues among their staff. They also agreed to reflect the diversity of the French society at every level of their workforce and to include, in their annual reports, a chapter describing the measures implemented, the internal procedures and the results achieved.

Apps and Games Promoting Intercultural Dialogue PDF Print

Published: 30 April 2013

Region: Worldwide

unaoc apps battuta 2The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), in partnership with Learning Games Network and MIT-Education Arcade, has announced the results and current updates of CREATE UNAOC - the apps/games for intercultural dialogue challenge.

Last year the UNAOC invited the programmers around the world to share their vision of how mobile apps and games can raise awareness and enable new opportunities for intercultural dialogue.

The winning applications were presented at the 5th UNAOC Forum in Vienna where one of the participants of the Global Forum was the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Executive Director.

Among the five winners and five honourable mentions are apps/games allowing users to improve their knowledge of Arab culture (Ibn Battuta), to experience the world’s cultural diversity through the eyes of children (Touchable Earth) and to become aware of the global crisis for one of the most basic need: Water (Get Water!).

These apps/games are available and can be downloaded.

TV Channels Suspended in Iraq over Sectarianism PDF Print

Published: 30 April 2013

Country: Iraq

iraq media 2Iraq’s government has suspended the licences of 10 satellite television channels, including Al Jazeera, saying that they promote violence and sectarian conflict.

Communications and Media Commission in Iraq (CMC) stated that all ten TV channels were "provocative, misleading and exaggerated with the objective of disturbing the civil and democratic process".

Responding to the accusation, Al Jazeera said in a statement: "We are astonished by this development. We cover all sides of the stories in Iraq, and have done for many years. The fact that so many channels have been hit all at once though suggests this is an indiscriminate decision. We urge the authorities to uphold freedom for the media to report the important stories taking place in Iraq."

The channel has aggressively covered the Arab spring uprisings across the region, and has broadcast extensively on the civil war in neighbouring Syria. Qatar itself is a harsh critic of the Syrian regime and a leading backer of the rebels, and is accused by many supporters of Iraq's government of backing protests in Iraq too, reports the Guardian.

How to Become an Influential TV Show in Egypt PDF Print

Published: 25 April 2013

Country: Egypt

awel el khayt episode 3 pic 2The third episode of “Awel el Khayt”, TV programme produced by Belail Media Production and broadcast on ONTV in Egypt, was aired on Friday 3 May. The third episode of this influential and ground-breaking TV programme supported by the Media Diversity Institute, explores the problem of sexual harassment in Egypt.

The authors of the show said they tried to discuss the issue of sexual harassment through a mini social film which focus on the daily harassment against women.

The episode of "Awel el Kheet" also shed light on women who are afraid to go down the street because they expect to be exposed to harassment.

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