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Westminster Media Forum Seminar on Improving Diversity in UK Screen Industries PDF Print

Date: 22 November 2017

Country: UK

Sharon-White_OfcomThe scale and nature of the diversity challenge facing the TV industry in the UK has been raising concerns, after the Ofcom report “Diversity and equal opportunities in television” recently revealed the failure of the British TV broadcasters to represent the whole society.

Focusing on this issue, the Westminster Media Forum, a company which organises senior-level conferences on public policy relating to the media, is holding a seminar aiming to improve the diversity in the sector, both on and off screen. The seminar will be in the morning of the 22nd November 2017, at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

London Kids Examine Media Literacy PDF Print

Date: 31 October 2017

Country: UK, London

Media_Minded_1In order to learn more how to counter sensationalism, bias and misinformation in the media and on social networks, pupils from 7 high schools from London attended an event organised by Shout Out UK and the US Embassy - #MediaMinded.  The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) representative conducted one of the workshops dedicated to media literacy.  The aim of the event was to increase participants’ understanding of the importance of seeking information from a range of  reputable sources, particularly on complex issues, when forming political views.

MDI at the UNESCO Global MIL Conference PDF Print

Dates: 24-27 October 2017

Country: Jamaica, Kingston

Jamaica_MIL_1One of the main conclusions of the Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference is that there is a need to talk about media and information literacy (MIL), but to limit the scope of it too. Each year there are more and more ideas and definitions of the concept of MIL. Only in Europe there are around 15,000 projects dealing with the issue, yet hardly anyone can answer a simple question – has anyone changed their media views or political affiliations after learning how (un) professional the media they are following have been? In other words, do we change our sources of information after learning how to critically asses them?

Still, more than 300 participants of the UNESCO MILID Conference held in Kingston presented truly innovative ways to inspire media consumers to deal with mis-, dis- and mal-information. The expression ‘fake news’ wasn’t a very popular and majority of the participants at the conference didn’t want to use it stating that it is a ‘inadequate’ term, or the term ‘hijacked by Trump’.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists PDF Print

Published: 2 November 2017

Country: Worldwide

Int_day_to_End_Impunity_JournalistsOver the past eleven years, 930 journalists have been killed for doing their job. Amongst them there are many who dedicated their work to diversity and reporting on sensitive issues and marginalized communities. On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2 November, UNESCO expresses its concern that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime. UNESCO invites Governments, civil society, the media, and everyone concerned to uphold the rule of law to join the global efforts to end impunity.

Over the last decade, less than one in ten cases of committed violence against media workers has led to a conviction. This means that for the majority of media workers who have been murdered, justice has not been served.

Between Fear, Disinformation and Oligarch-owned Media PDF Print

Published: 31 October 2017

Countries:  Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Ukraine

MIL_-_profilesTo celebrate the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) week 2017, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) talked with three specialists working in this field in Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Ukraine. MDI wanted to understand the level of access to information in their own countries and the ability of citizens to comprehend, evaluate and use media.

They told MDI about the Azerbaijani government’s ability to control information; the effect of the disinformation war on last year’s elections in Moldova; and how oligarchs use the media outlets they own as tools for their political and business fights. Yet, in this bleak media freedom landscape, there are some media and information literacy projects that are trying to change things.

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