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#SilenceHate: Countering Hate Speech Against Migrants PDF Print

11 May 2019

Region: Europe

Screen_Shot_2019-05-10_at_3.22.29_PMWe are excited to share that our #SilenceHate participants are starting to publish their articles after several months of hard work.

Our #SilenceHate project kicked off more than one year ago in London, with a five day “Media Camp,” training thirteen participants in the intricacies of how hate speech is used to target migrants, and what journalists can do to counter it.

“Hate speech against migrants is really connected to the rise of the far right narrative,” said Dasha Illic, the project coordinator. Illic ran the training in her capacity at Media Diversity Institute (MDI), while the project was lead by COSPE and run alongside European Federation for Journalists (EFJ), Amnesty Poland, Amnesty Italy, Karpos, Affiria, and the Cyprus Community Media Centre.


We Talk About Newsroom Diversity. What About Audience? PDF Print

10 May 2019

Country: US, Global

by Boer Deng

Screen_Shot_2019-05-10_at_11.29.21_AMAs a young graduate hoping to break into journalism, I started my career at a left-leaning, well-meaning media company that published articles about spotting under represented cultures  and pushed a message of inclusion in the newsroom. However, when a scathing magazine piece accused them of not practicing the progressive credo that it preached, the response did not quite match the editorial line.

To refute the claim, an internal email was sent amongst the editors, naming each minority who worked there. By an unfortunate accident, one of them inadvertently circulated it to the entire newsroom. Awkward private apologies ensued.

Fake News: Who Should Determine Truth from Falsehood? PDF Print

10 May 2019

Country: Singapore, Global

by: Grant Williams

Screen_Shot_2019-05-10_at_9.53.51_AMFake news is a “serious problem”—or so says Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong.

It is so serious that he has just passed a law that gives government ministers the power to order major social media platforms to flag posts that they deem “fake” or misleading. In other words, the government—not the social media companies or independent auditors—will determine what is true, and what is not.

What could possibly go wrong?

Singapore is not the only country that has proposed the government is the arbiter of social media. Last year, Malaysia passed a similar law, which imprisoned the first perpetrator within a month of its passing. Egyptian President Abdel Fateh el-Sisi gave “fake news” a whole new meaning by equating it with treason, subsequently arresting journalists and social media users for articles and posts that criticized the Egyptian state—or, in Sisi’s terminology, fake news.

Training: New Neighbours Media Skills for CSOs PDF Print

Dates: 16-18 April 2019

Country: Zagreb, Croatia

NewNeighboursMedia Diversity Institute recently led the first New Neighbours Media Skills Training for CSOs in Zagreb, Croatia.

New Neighbours is an European Broadcasters Union-led project designed to bring positive stories of refugees, migrants and assimilation to local and community media. Media Diversity Institute is supporting the project by training civil society actors to create campaigns and more effectively communicate with journalists and media organizations to spread constructive stories about migrants and refugees.

“There is a large disconnect between people working on sensitive issues, and journalists,” said MDI Social Media Campaigner Nika Jelendorf, who lead the training.

Many of the participants expressed frustration at how journalists they had interacted with were no longer interested in covering stories about refugees, or needed a particularly shocking or sensational story in order to see it as newsworthy—even with ongoing human rights abuses.

There Has Never Been A More Critical Time To Study Diversity in the Media PDF Print

Date: 1 May 2019

Country: UK, London

By: Eline Jeanné

Screen_Shot_2019-05-01_at_2.39.44_PM“I’d definitely encourage people to go for it; it has widened my perspective towards things. It’s so interesting and I learned so much, I left the course feeling very enlightened and a lot more knowledgeable.” These are the words of Sophie Muscat, a current student on the MA Diversity and the Media course at the University of Westminster in London.

The course, which was designed and developed in collaboration with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), aims to teach students the practical skills to engage in responsible media coverage of diversity issues. Applications are now open for the upcoming course, which is starting in September 2019. Information about studying, entry requirements, fees and funding can be obtained during the next open day in Harrow Campus on 5 June, or on the course-specific website.

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