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Radio Passagers – Radio for Immigrants PDF Print

Published: 9 June 2013

Region: Worldwide

Radio_PassagersLoneliness and nostalgia are some of the feelings that can be easily identified among people who have left their home to chase a new life somewhere else. Can media become a friendly voice and bridge the distance between the old and new home?

Radio Passagers” is the name of a new web radio station which aims to echo the voice of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers travelling from Africa to Europe.

Ehna Keda Webzine: Online Voice for Marginalized Groups in Egypt PDF Print

Published: 5 June 2014

Country: Egypt

egypt2According to some sources, the first steps towards online journalism have been made a decade ago. Still the journalists themselves as well as media experts and academics discuss the future of journalism and whether the web portals can replace the newspapers.

But the Egyptian TV channel for Education, Nile Television, has gone a step further inviting the editors of the webzine supported by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) to tell the story about the marginalized groups and how inclusive web can be.

Misogyny Kills PDF Print

Published: 3 June 2014

Country: US

Rodger_photoReporting on the reasons behind the recent shooting in California, media published not only the letter of the young man Elliot Rodger who killed six people and himself, but also supported the misogynist context without questioning the hate message towards women who apparently rejected him. Media present the women exactly how Rodger and so many others saw them: guilty.

“Yes, Rodger was a misogynist. He also very likely had mental difficulties, and to say so doesn't diminish the part a misogynistic culture played in this tragedy. If anything, it emphasises precisely why this culture is so dangerous,” writes Hadley Freeman in the Guardian.

Kureishi: 'Immigrants Have No Face, Status or Story' PDF Print

Published: 2 June 2014

Country: UK

Hanif_Kureishi“Immigrants now have no face, no status, no protection and no story", declares the writer Hanif Kureishi in an essay for the Guardian Review. He writes that it is becoming impossible to speak up for the immigrant or, more importantly, hear him speak for him or herself. "Everyone, including the most reasonable and sensitive, has made up their mind that the immigrant is everywhere now and he is too much of a problem.

Kureishi, the Bromley-born son of an immigrant Pakistani father and an English mother, has long placed issues of race and immigration at the heart of his fiction. His first novel, The Buddha of Suburbia, confronted racial politics head on at a time when immigrants were treated as intruders. Read the Guardian Review essay here.

Tackling Hate Speech with Humour PDF Print

Published: 30 May 2014

Region: Europe

By Giulia Dessi


There’s nothing inherently funny about the xenophobia that’s on the rise in Europe, but tackling hate speech with satire and humour is proving a useful tool in the fight against racism and intolerance. Together with our partners, the Media Diversity Institute has undertaken the “Our Elections, Our Europe” project, which includes cartoons and street theatre in its arsenal. We have been working in Hungary, Greece, and Italy—three EU members badly affected by the economic crisis and its symptoms, like high unemployment and right-wing anti-migrant propaganda.

The situation in each country is not the same, of course. Immigration is a contentious issue in Greece and Italy; less so in Hungary, where hatred concentrates on the indigenous Roma people and also targets the Jewish community. The continued success of the violent neo-Nazi Golden Dawn in Greece sets that country apart, but the xenophobic discourse is strong in Italy as well. In no country is there much positive media coverage of immigrants or minorities.

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