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Helping Refugee Journalists Return to Work PDF Print

Published: 21 July 2017

Country: UK

refugee_projectBreaking into journalism can be a real struggle for many in the UK. If you are a refugee, regardless of your talent and experience, this could be almost impossible.

With this in mind, Vivienne Francis, Journalism Course Leader at London College of Communication, started the Refugee Journalism Project, an initiative that supports refugee and exiled journalists to re-establish their careers in the UK. At the newsrewired event of Journalism.co.uk on 19 July 2017, Vivienne Francis shared the difficulties many individuals are facing how the project has offered a constructive response to the refugee crisis.

 
Serbian Daily Politika Accused of Misogyny PDF Print

Published: 21 July 2017

Country: Serbia

PolitikaTwo women have been killed by their partners in the premises of the Serbian Social Welfare Centre. The brutality of these murders shocked the Serbian public, especially because these women were killed in an institution which supposedly offered a safe environment for victims of domestic violence. Most of the media in Serbia have been reporting on this incident for several days. However, only a few media outlets questioned the failure of Serbian society and its social services in protecting victims of domestic violence, most of whom are women.

Following this tragic event, one of the most prominent Serbian newspapers, Politika, which advertises itself as 'the oldest newspaper in the Balkans', published a fake interview with a fake expert relativising violence against women.

 
Dr Puhalo for MDI: “Salafis as Scapegoats in the Bosnian Media” PDF Print

Published: 13 July 2017

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Salafi_Bosnia“He has grown a beard, he has trimmed his trousers. He must be a sleeper terrorist just waiting to take action.” This inaccurate, malicious and stereotypical image about members of the Salafi movement has been widespread in the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina. That is a conclusion of Dr Srdjan Puhalo, a social psychologist who, unlike many reporters and journalists writing about Salafis, spent some time with the members of Salafi movement in order to get his facts straight.

After spending two months with members of the Salafi movement in Bosnia, Dr Puhalo published a detailed study “Salafis in Bosnia and Hercegovina” dedicating one part to the media portrayal of Salafis in Bosnia. “They are not terrorists. They are not strange or deviant. They have a specific way of living and they have their own understanding of Islam. Also, they are not a homogenous group as many Bosnian media portray them,” said Dr Puhalo in an interview with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI).

 
Article 19 Hate Speech Seminar for Regulatory Bodies PDF Print

Dates: 5 - 6 October 2017

Country: UK, London

Article_19_Regulatory_Hate_SpeechARTICLE 19 is inviting applications from representatives of audio-visual media regulatory bodies and press councils from across the European Union to participate in a two-day workshop on 5 – 6 October in London on international legal standards on regulating hate speech in the media. The workshop will provide a space for sharing experience and best practices and will include a mixture of theoretical and practical sessions.

To apply, please send a CV and short letter of motivation, stating your expectations for the workshop and describing one good practice in the field of countering hate speech and/or promoting freedom of expression from your institution or your country to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Monday 28 August. Please use the subject heading ‘Hate Speech Seminar’. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 September. ARTICLE 19 will cover travel, accommodation and a modest per diem while in London.

 
The Rights and Might of Migrants through Media Lens at UoW event PDF Print

Dates: 22 – 25 June 2017

Country: UK, London

Migration_BirdsAccording to UNHCR, globally there are now more than 65 million forcibly displaced persons, including 22 million refugees, who have left their homes as a result of conflict, persecution, famine, and environmental disasters. While many are tackling the topical challenges of migration and refugees, University of Westminster decided to address the issue of migration from a cultural narrative. Participants at the Rights and Might conference, organised by an interdisciplinary group of University of Westminster faculties, discussed the hidden opportunities and unspoken challenges faced by migrants and refugees and their vital contributions to reshaping cultural landscapes and artistic expression.

The conference was organised on 22 – 25 June in London to coincide with the Refugee Week 2017.

 
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