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Twitter - Platform for Abuse against Women? PDF Print

Published: 8 August 2013

Region: Worldwide

twitter5Sexist and abusive comments, as well as violent and rape threats directed against women have increased recently on Twitter. The company has responded introducing an in-Tweet report button. From next month the Twitter users will be able to report an abusive behaviour and comments on this social network.

In the meantime, three men were arrested in the connection with the abuse and rape and bomb threats against a female campaigner, MP and a journalist who were the main targets of abuse.

 
British Media Misses the Voices of Immigrants over ‘Go Home’ Campaign PDF Print

Published: 8 August 2013

Country: UK

Home-Office-Go-Home-van-010The government sent two advertising vans to the streets of London with the message "In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest” for a week. The controversial campaign that the government launched to encourage illegal immigrants to leave the UK has raised critics from the public and several human right organisations such as Liberty. This organisation decided to counterattack and sent another van for a day with the slogan "Stirring up tension and division in the UK illegally? Home Office, think again".

National newspapers  in the UK have broadly covered the ‘antiracist’ and ‘racist’ van campaign and focused on the rift that this initiative has caused within the coalition government  with headlines  such as ‘Coalition at war over immigration’ and how this can be translated into votes for political parties, in particular for the Conservatives  who are taking a tougher discourse.

 
MDI Brings Egyptian Media Experts to London PDF Print

Published: 19 August 2013

Region: UK, Egypt

frontlineclub2Influential Egyptian media experts visited London for a study tour and a conference to discuss the role of media in Egypt today, responsible journalism, as well as the legal, ethical and financial reasons for inclusive reporting.

The two-day tour ‘Inclusive Media for Inclusive Societies’ took place on 15th and 16th of August and it was organised by the Media Diversity Institute.

Debates like the one at the Frontline Club, were organised to discuss  the ability of the Egyptian media to provide an inclusive debate on the issues relevant to all Egyptians.

 
Most of the Press in Lebanon Disregarded HRW Torture Report PDF Print

Published: 2 August 2013

Country: Lebanon

lebanon hrw tortureMohammad is a victim of police abuse in Lebanon. “They took me to interrogation naked, poured cold water on me, tied me to a desk with a chain, and hung me in the farrouj position (a torture technique). They broke all my teeth and nose, and hit me with a gun until my shoulder was dislocated.

Police beat Mohammad until he confessed that he was a drug user.

Mohammad’s words did not find way into Lebanese journalists’ desks. His story, together with other 51 people’s, barely made it into the news when a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) brought them to light.

 
Egyptian State Media Turns a Blind Eye on Protests Coverage PDF Print

Published: 1 August 2013

Country: Egypt

egypt protest sisiThe political polarisation taking place in the Egyptian streets in the last few weeks has also arrived in the newsrooms of the Egyptian state media that has failed to cover the whole picture of what is happening in the country.

Experts affirm that state media in Egypt characterises for its historical lack of independence and for being the government’s tool.

“There is a difference about how state media works in Egypt. They are the mouthpiece of the government that rules at the time, covering only their point of view”, explains Ahmed Magdy, a media researcher that currently monitors the Egyptian media system through the national media watch group, Egypt's Media Credibility Index (MCE Watch).

 
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