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PLURAL+ 2015 Youth Video Festival PDF Print

Deadline: 15 June 2015

Region: Worldwide

Plural2015Young people up to 25 years old are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length addressing migration, diversity and social inclusion. Videos for the Plural+ completion organised by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), should be submitted by 15 June 2015.

Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ invites youth to address key challenges related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness, both at local and global levels. Please read PLURAL+ 2015 Rules and Regulations before submitting your video HERE.

Caitlyn Jenner, a Hero of Transgender Community? PDF Print

Published: 20 May 2015*

Country: US

* At the time of the publishing of this article, Jenner still wanted to be reffered to as Bruce.

Bruce_JennerMedia in the US have been flooded with thousands of articles on Bruce Jenner’s transition. He wants to be reffered to as 'he' for now. The media spectacle reached its peak with Jenner’s two-hour interview which attracted over 17 million viewers and numerous social media posts expressing admiration for his ‘brave and heroic’ public stance. The Huffington Post described his coming out as ‘a breakthrough in our culture’.

But how Jenner’s coming out will affect trans* communities, especially the way media portray them? Will his public exposure in the setting of celebrity reality shows’ help the cause of transgender people without slipping into a danger of being commercialised and capitalised on?

Russian TV Messages about a Western Plot PDF Print

Published: 20 May 2015

Country: Russia

Monitoring_of_Russian_TVRussian viewers of television news and current affairs, according to a monitoring report, are being told that their country has been targeted by the United States in a ‘western plot’ to bring their country to its knees. Russian TV channels also accuse the US of fomenting the war with Ukraine, while the role of the EU has been downplayed.

“Russian media have been used as instruments of propaganda in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The channels diverted attention from important domestic issues and scared the population with the possibility of a war and the need of Russia to protect itself against an external enemy,” says Rasťo Kužel of MEMO 98, a Slovak monitoring group which conducted a monitoring report in cooperation with Internews Ukraine and Yerevan Press Club (YPC) of Armenia.

How the Media Make Us Feel Good about Migrants PDF Print

Published: 12 May 2015

Region: Europe

By Adil Yilmaz

Migrants_BoatEuropean media outlets portrayed the death of hundreds of migrants in April as a great shock to Europe, as if the European Union were not aware of the issues concerning the highly dangerous journey undertaken by hundreds of refugees every day.

Mainstream media covered the story very much like a devastating natural disaster by describing the incident as a ‘tragedy’ and a ‘refugee drama’, a choice of language that reflects the supposed helplessness of benevolent Europe concerning the circumstances under which migrants are forced to travel to find refuge in ‘fortress Europe’.

Reporting from the Sahara on Dune Voices Website PDF Print

Published: 12 May 2015

Region: Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Mali, Libya

Dune_Voices_MauritaniaCan you imagine what a life might look alike in today’s Libya? Or how disabled women from Timbuktu manage to live with stigma following them on every step? Do the Jews in south-east Morocco feel they belong to the wider community or whether there is way to end slavery in some parts of Mauritania?

The answers to these questions and much more can be found on Dune Voices, a multimedia platform for unheard voices and communities in Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and Libya. Articles and features produced and published on Dune Voices specialise in covering the topics of marginalised groups and minorities, vulnerable and forgotten by the mainstream media. They have been already republished on several other media outlets since the platform created by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in 2014 has become a source of an accurate, independent and diverse reporting.

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