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Britain’s ‘Nasty’ Image Grows as Biased Media Target Migrants PDF Print

Published: 2 December 2013

Country: UK

by Aidan White

uk_borderWhen UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government intends to block the free movement of people from Romania and Bulgaria European leaders accused him of turning Britain into Europe’s “nasty country”.

But while he has enraged normally docile Brussels bureaucrats, Cameron has delighted the country’s xenophobic tabloid press. In effect he has lit the blue touch paper for a period of renewed targeting of foreigners in Britain, particularly Roma people and thousands of migrants from the eastern fringes of the European Union.

Getting The Story Right on Transgender People PDF Print

Published: 14 November 2013

Region: Worldwide

transgender indiaTransgender people are part of a marganisalised group in society that needs to be given voice. As a part of it, media play an important role in getting right their story without reinforcing stereotypes or producing a sensationalist piece.

Is the coming out the only narrative to cover? Before and after photos are really needed? Is the transition period an important part of the story? These questions and many more can be answered reading the article 'Nine ways journalists can do justice to transgender people's stories' published by The Pointer Institute.

How to Harness Media Effectively PDF Print

Dates: 25-27 October 2013

Country: UK, London

vulnerable groups 1“I have always avoided interacting with the media because I didn’t have the knowledge of how to do so. But when you know how to prepare yourself you feel safer approaching them”. This is how Amena Amer, researcher at Center for Studies of Arab and Muslim issues explains the importance of the training on  media relations held on 25 - 27 October in London.

The training was organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) with an aim to help civil society organisations (CSOs) representing vulnerable groups understand better media culture. One of the objectives was explain to CSOs how to deliver their messages to the media and how to make thembe heard.

How Sexist is Your Movie? PDF Print

Published: 14 November 2013

Country: Sweden

lordofringsThe Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Avatar or Gravity are three examples of films that would not gain an A rating on gender equality. Sweden has introduced the rating system on gender bias with the aim of raising awareness about how much women are under-representated in the film industry today.

To receive the A rating, the movie must pass the so-called Bechdel Test that implies that the film must contain at least two named women characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. For example, in the entire 10-hour trilogy of The Lord of the Rings, no women characters ever speak to each other.

Awards for Outstanding Reporting on Indigenous Peoples PDF Print

Deadline: 25 November 2013

Region: Asia

asia indigenous peopleThe Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, with funding support from the SIDA, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, is organizing the Indigenous Voices in Asia Awards. The awards acknowledge journalists and documentary filmmakers based in Asia who cover issues regarding indigenous people.

The categories include print, TV, radio, online and documentary.

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