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Uganda: Lynching by Tabloid PDF Print

Published: 25 February 2014

Country: Uganda

uganda_gay_rights_smallerJust a day after signing of the controversial anti-gay law in Uganda, a tabloid published 200 names and some photos of alleged homosexuals.  In a front-page story under the headline “EXPOSED” tabloid Red Pepper named people already known to be gay but, as Associated Press reports, the list also includes some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay.

A well-known lesbian activist Jacqueline Kasha tweeted that "the media witch-hunt is back”. Reporting on the controversial anti-gay law that sets very tough penalties for homosexuals in Uganda, some Western media such as the Guardian and the Huffington Post, writes about the role of the American evangelical Christians priests in spreading the anti-gay sentiments in Africa.

Ahna Keda webzine promoted on Egyptian TV PDF Print

Date: 25 February 2014

Country: Egypt

UntitledOnly one year ago, fifteen Egyptian students from six universities, with the support of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) started producing Ahna keda, webzine covering political issues and promoting inclusiveness of all citizens in the media. Ahna Keda (The Way We Are) attracted the attention of the mainstream media in Egypt such as Nile television.

Ali Hamed, who was involved in a creation of the webzine and its chief editor, was a guest on Nile television talking about its success and the importance of having all the citizens to be heard and seen by the media regardless of their political, social and cultural background.

Tweeting in Your Mother Language PDF Print

Published: 25 February 2014

Region: Worldwide

IMLDIn honour of UNESCO International Mother Language Day (21 February), people from all over the world celebrated the linguistic richness and diversity by tweeting in their mother languages.

Strange characters and letters appeared in Twitter timeline, corresponding to languages like Creole, Punjabi, Okuhanuura and Rukiga. According to United Nations, 576 languages are in the state of critical danger while Living Tongues, Institute for Endangered Languages reportedthat language loss is happening in nearly every country in the world”.

Our Elections, Our Europe! PDF Print

Published: 25 February 2014

Countries: Greece, Hungary, Italy

our_europe_smallXenophobic statements by politicians, racial discriminations by extreme-right groups, unfair representation of groups of different culture, nationalistic claims by Eurosceptic MEPs – all of these have been in the rise ahead of the elections for European Parliament in May 2014.

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI)’s new project, Our Elections, Our Europe!, funded by Open Society Foundations, brings together CSOs in Greece, Hungary and Italy, to engage young people around an issue that will be the key to the 2014 European Elections: migration and the importance of fighting xenophobic speech and promoting inclusive attitudes around this.

Youth On ... Mute PDF Print

Published: 25 February 2014

Region: Southeastern Europe

muteYoung people in South-east Europe are portrayed in media as dependent, apolitical, violent and impolite. This is the finding of the latest survey by “SEE Youth & Media”.[i]

Although young people constitute a great percentage of the population in Balkan region, they are usually excluded from the media landscape and misrepresented by journalists and media makers.

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