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Heaven Seekers PDF Print

Published: 15 August 2014

Region: South East Asia

By Magdalena Bukacka*

heaven_seekers2Imagine that you are born in a place with no radio, no television and no newspapers. You are a castaway of the twenty-first century.

At the Burma-Thailand border there are nine refugee camps. I am visiting two of them: Umpiem Mai and Nu Po. Getting to these places is much easier, and sometimes even only possible, during the dry season. It is still a long journey; travelling in pick-up trucks via long winding roads, with sharp turns. The camps have specific opening hours; visitors are only allowed in until 5 p.m.

Media as a Friend of Algerian CSOs PDF Print

Published: 15 August 2014

Country: Algeria

Algeria_CSOs_fourThe 16 participants on the Media Diversity Institute ‘Making your Mark’ programme are restless. They have received news that three senior journalists will be coming to meet them. Far from being worried about being interviewed by them, their discomfort is at the news that they have to ask the journalists questions.

Participant after participant echo the same sentiment: Shouldn’t they be the ones asking the questions? “What do I ask them?” say two trainee doctors in unison. Dealing with cultural differences and expectations such as this was a common theme during the final media and advocacy training for NGOs in Algiers.

Ethnic Groups in Burma Need Their Own Media PDF Print

Published: 4 August 2014

Country: Myanmar (Burma)

By Judith Clarke

Burma_NewspapersIn 2012 the Myanmar government ended 50 years of strict press control so reassuringly that many of the long-exiled opposition media upped-sticks from neighbouring Thailand and more distant places and returned to Yangon.  At the same time, the authorities also seriously set about ending six decades of conflict with the many ethnic groups that make up a quarter to a third of the country’s population.

So you’d think that, with ethnic publications among the crowd of exiles coming back from abroad, the way would be open for them to take a role in development in the minority areas as peace takes hold. But the obstacles are tremendous.

On Facebook, With or Without Hijab PDF Print

Published: 31/07/2014

Region: Worldwide, Iran

Iran_No_HijabFor women in Iran, wearing a hijab is a part of their daily lives. In fact, it is obligatory, whether they are Iranian or foreigners. For those women who want to declare their personal choice and post photographs without hijab, a London based Iranian journalist, Masih Alinejad has set up the Facebook page, “My Stealthy Freedom”.

“I’m not asking people to take off their scarves,” Alinejad says, according to the Times. “But you never see these ordinary, smiling women, full of colour in the Iranian papers. I’m not fighting the hijab, I’m fighting censorship.”

How to Report on Mental Illnesses PDF Print

Date: 31 July 2014

Region: Worldwide

mental_healthWhy is depression not discussed in the same manner that cancer is? Does anyone in the media ever talk about the flu in the same way as a pain in the arm? So, why the journalists treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as the same thing? Reporting on mental health as a single category is one of the problems of the media coverage. Linking mental disease and violence is also a common mistake.

In order to improve the media’s communication on mental health issues, The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, in association with CBC News, has published a guide for journalists in order to help them receive more reliable and less biased information on mental illness.

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