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Why the Media Were Right to Republish Barr’s Racism PDF Print

Published: 5 June 2018

Country: USA

Screen_Shot_2018-06-11_at_07.21.28American TV network ABC cancelled the Roseanne Barr’s show after the American comedian made racist comments on Twitter about the former advisor to President Obama, Valarie Jarrett, who is black and is born in Iran to American parents. Barr, who is a long-time Trump supporter, was a star of the  long running sitcom “Roseanne” which apparently was the most popular US show of 2018. Many media outlets reporting a story on ABC cancelling Barr’s show, repeated and quoted exactly the same racist tweet. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) asked experts if those media should have avoided repeating Roseanne Barr’s racism.

ABC  explained their decision to the show citing that Barr’s statements are not reflective of the channel’s policies and belief and inconsistent with their  values."

 
MDI and Facebook Joined Forces for “Game of Trolls” PDF Print

Published: 30 May 2018

Region: Europe

Screen_Shot_2018-06-05_at_12.11.23What do you do when you see someone posting horrible and offensive comments and posts online? You know you should respond, but how do you do that? This is a question the new “Game of Trolls”  campaign led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is trying to answer. “Game of Trolls” was developed by the MDI’s Get the Trolls Out (GTTO)  project and as part of Create against Hate, a Facebook-led initiative connecting NGO’s with creative industry professionals, in order to tackle online hate and extremism.

All the Create against Hate campaigns including MDI’s “Game of Trolls” were exhibited to the public in the Zari Gallery in London on 23 May and they remain available to be viewed online.

 
Media Relations Workshop for People with Disabilities PDF Print

Dates: 3-5 May 2018

Country: Macedonia, Skopje

Disability_Skopje_1Fifteen representatives of the Macedonian civil society organisations for people with disabilities gathered in Skopje on 3 – 5 May 2018. They participated in the workshop on media relations and campaigning as part of the new project led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and in partnership with the Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) and National Council of People with Disability Organizations of Macedonia.

The aim of the project „Disability: A Matter of Perception“ is to strengthen visibility of persons with disabilities (PwD) in the media. A weakened role of the media as protectors of public interest in Macedonia on one hand, and the difficult climate in which civil society organisations operate on the other, led to the shrinking of media space for pressing needs of disadvantaged groups, and consequently to citizens’ misperceptions in recognising the existing discrimination. The invisibility of PwD in the media hampers their true participation in public life and full exercise of human rights and social inclusion.

 
50:50 Gender Split of Experts on BBC? PDF Print

Published: 17 May 2018

Country: UK

BBC_Gender_splitThe BBC has announced that it is seeking to ensure that there is a 50:50 gender split of expert voices across its programmes by April 2019.

The BBC has already pledged to increase women on screen, on air and in lead roles to 50% in 2020. When the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) team met the Head of BBC Diversity Department, Tunde Ogungbesan, he explained that women would make up half the people who appear on its TV and radio stations and in leading on-screen roles by 2020.

 
Innovative Ideas for #SilenceHate against Migrants PDF Print

Dates: 23 – 27 April 2018

Country: UK, London

Media_Camp_1How can journalists in Europe improve their reporting on migrants and migration related issues? Is it through use of technology? Is it by giving migrants more space to tell their stories? Almost 30 journalists and civil society activists offered some innovative ideas on how to report and campaign against hate speech directed towards refugees, asylum seekers and migrants coming to Europe. They spent five days in London gathered at the Media Camp organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) as part of the #SilenceHate project.

Amongst the ideas developed and presented at the Media Camp were podcasts, interactive maps, short documentaries and web series about migrants and their journeys, as well as on their integration process in the society of different European countries. Some participants teamed up in order to produce photo journals, memes and campaigns countering anti-migration sentiments and hate speech in the media and public space. They worked in teams, as well as individually. They designed 18 media products and campaigns about migration issues responding to the ethical challenges associated with reporting on migrants.

 
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