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Report: Serbian Media Regularly Violates Serbian Journalists' Code of Ethics PDF Print

Published: 15 November 2018

Country: Serbia

serbian_newspapersEvery tenth newspaper story about children violates the Serbian Journalists’ Code of Ethics, a recent report has found.

According to the Centre for Media Professionalism and Literacy (CEPROM), the Serbian media rarely reports on children, and almost always focuses on sensationalist stories of child and drug abuse, accidents and violence. This paints children in an unnecessarily negative light.

The Media Diversity Institute of the Western Balkans (MDI Western Balkans) reacted to the CEPROM study, warning Serbian journalists and editors not to breach the ethical standards of reporting.

“Reporting child abuse, accidents, violence and drug abuse is already a very complex and sensitive task,” said MDI Western Balkans Executive Director Ivana Jelaca.

 
Rod Liddle's Track Record of Hate PDF Print

8 November 2018

Countries: United Kingdom

By Eline Jeanne

rodliddleLast month, Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle came under fire for an article titled, Chip in and we’ll help Choudary on his way to Paradise—a commentary on British radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary that reads more like an Islamophobic rant than a column in a reputable newspaper.

In the piece, Liddle chastises Choudary for alleged support for the so-called Islamic State, and urges British Islamists to “blow themselves up – somewhere a decent distance away from where the rest of us live. Tower Hamlets, for example.” Tower Hamlets is, of course, one of the United Kingdom’s most diverse boroughs, with an established Muslim and Bangladeshi community—which has borne the brunt of Islamophobic hate crimes in recent years.

Rod Liddle’s column is disturbing, but more disturbing is that the British media continues to give him a platform, despite his track record of expressing racist, misogynistic, and transphobic sentiments in the mass media. Equally disturbing is the Independent Press Standards Organization (IPSO)’s lackluster response, despite receiving numerous complaints—in some cases, bordering on public outrage—over the past ten years.

 

 

 

 

 
Training: How to Cover People with Disabilities PDF Print

Dates: 24-26 October 2018

Country: Macedonia, Ohrid

Disability_Lemia_TOP_Last week, Media Diversity Institute’s “Disability: A Matter of Perception” project continued with a three day workshop in Ohrid, Macedonia. Over the course of the training, Executive Director of the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia Marina Tuneva and Croatian journalist Daniela Drasata led journalists in a discussion on how to improve coverage of people with disabilities, particularly in the context of the Macedonian media.

Several people with disabilities attended thew workshop as guest speakers, sharing their experiences of how media representation had impacted them, and what they felt like the media could do better. Participants were also exposed to examples of good coverage of disabled communities, inspiring them for their future work.

“We do not think that the stories of people with disabilities—particularly their interests, challenges, and achievements are visible enough. There is a lot of room for improvement, starting with finding and developing these stories,” said Macedonian Institute for Media Program Manager Vesna Nikodinoska, who put on the event alongside the National Council of People with Disability Organizations of Macedonia.

 
This Year’s Central Asia Human Rights Festival Focuses on Diversity PDF Print

1 November 2018

Region: Central Asia

By Mikhail Yakovlev

BishkekBishkek, Kyrgyzstan will host the 12th annual Central Asia Human Rights Film Festival this month, honoring the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights with a line up of twenty-four films exploring themes of diversity and discrimination.

Each film will focus on stories of people facing intersectional oppression and inequality, from a range of different countries, including but not limited to Kyrgyzstan, Russia and the United States. Many of the films tell stories of migrants, and women from around the world.

“Why do discrimination, injustice and poverty continue to grow seventy years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?” said Tolekan Ismailova, when asked why the festival is focussing this year’s festival around diversity and discrimination. She went on to say that even though Kyrgyzstan has lived through two revolutions, and a period of ethnic violence in recent history, many of those who suffered the most have still not received full compensation, and continue to experience discrimination when it comes to accessing justice and basic human rights.

 
The Deadly Consequences of Hate Speech PDF Print

30 October 2018

Countries: US, Worldwide

By: Anna Lekas Miller

hatespeechMany in the Jewish community’s worst nightmare came to life on Saturday when an armed gunman stormed a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, murdering eleven worshippers. It is the worst attack on the Jewish community in US history, and comes after a steady rise in anti-semitic incidents and rhetoric across the country and around the world.

It is not the only instance of hate speech seeping into the real world in the past few days. Earlier in the week, the US postal service intercepted several suspicious “pipe bomb” packages addressed to prominent Democratic party affiliates, including but not limited to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the CNN New York City offices. Later the bomber was identified as Cesar Sayoc, an ardent Trump supporter who routinely made threatening statements on social media.

 
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