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You're Invited: MDI's 20th Anniversary Gala PDF Print

Date: 16 January 2019

Country: Belgium

Screen_Shot_2018-12-24_at_9.12.14_AMThe Media Diversity Institute cordially invites you to its 20th anniversary event titled, "Is it the media's fault? Reporting Religion: The Role of The Media in the Populist Era."

What are the challenges of reporting on religion in the current media landscape? How can journalists balance freedom of expression with media ethics in the context of rising extremism and political polarisation around the world? Our expert panellists will debate these questions, followed by responses from representatives of the European Commission and US State Department and a Q&A session with the audience. Full invite below.

While attendance is free, space is limited. Please register on our Eventbrite registration page if you are interested in attending.

International Migrants Day: Narratives On Migration PDF Print

18 December 2018

Countries: Worldwide

InternationalMigrantsDayToday, there are more than 258 people on the move around the world. While many move freely, taking jobs or pursuing other opportunities in foreign countries, others take dangerous journeys across seas or deserts, in search of a better life for themselves and their families.

Many are quick to point out the legal differences between a migrant and a refugee—the latter is fleeing persecution, and typically eligible for protection, while the former is moving for a better life or economic circumstances—the reality is far more complicated. In Honduras, many flee after they are displaced by multinational corporations, which use their land and exploit their labor. Legally they are migrants, but are they actually refugees? In the South Pacific, inhabitants of island nations like Fiji and Palau are already preparing to have to migrate due to climate change. However, according to current international legislation, they would be processed as migrants—not refugees.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Islamophobia? PDF Print

17 December 2018

Country: United Kingdom

By: Anna Lekas Miller


Over the past year, a video went viral of a 15 year old Syrian boy being “waterboarded” by his classmates in Northern England, and a car purposefully crashed into a crowd outside of a mosque in London. Islamophobia is on the rise across the country, with three out of five British Muslims reporting that they have experienced hate crimes.

According to research done by Tell Mama UK, a leading monitoring organization that assists victims of Islamophobia, six out of ten victims who called in hate crimes in the past year have been female and most of the incidents took place offline.


Call for Entries: CIVIS Media Prize 2019 PDF Print

Deadline: 21 January 2019

Region: Europe

Screen_Shot_2018-12-06_at_1.55.25_PMCIVIS again recognizes programme contributions on the radio, film, television and the Internet, which are particularly suitable for the promotion of the peaceful coexistence of people of different geographic or cultural backgrounds. This year there is an additional prize for a project titled "Football and Integration" which will be awarded in cooperation with the DFB (German Football Association).

All radio and television broadcasting companies, production companies, streaming services and website providers in the European Union and Switzerland are eligible to compete. Journalism schools are also eligible to submit students' work, so long as it was broadcast or published between the dates of 24 January 2018 and 24 January 2019. For more information about submissions, click here.


Zwarte Piet: The Dutch Christmas Character Causing Controversy PDF Print

3 December 2018

Country: The Netherlands

By Eline Jeanne

zwartepiet.jpgAround this time of the year, Dutch children eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas (translated: Saint Nicholas) and Zwarte Piet (Black Piet) who travel to the Netherlands on a steamboat from Spain to slide down the chimney and deliver presents on Sinterklaas Eve for many children’s favorite holiday.

It is a beloved celebration across the country, but there is a catch. Zwarte Piet—who, according to tradition, punishes naughty children and brings them back to Spain in a jute sack—is traditionally depicted as Black, complete with Moorish clothes with a big afro, full red lips and gold hoop earrings, traits that the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) says are universally agreed racist stereotypes and reinforce a problematic image of Black people as villains.

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