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Aidan White

blatterPublished: 22 November 2011

Region: Worldwide

By Aidan White

Racism in sports remains headline news thanks to the behaviour of Sepp Blatter, the Swiss President of FIFA, football’s global governing body. Blatter sparked a unanimous chorus of calls for his resignation from the press as football writers across the UK ridiculed his claims that racism “does not exist” on the pitch.


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tigerwoodsPublished: 8 November 2011

Region: Worldwide

By Aidan White

Everyone knows about racism in sports – on the terraces, in the dressing room and in the culture of institutional prejudice within the industry. But media often turn a blind eye to the worst of it, lowering the volume to avoid hearing the bigoted chanting of fans or passing up stories that might embarrass powerful people in sports who control a multi-billion global business.


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PolitkovskayaPublished: 7 October 2010

Country: Russia

By Aidan White

The killing five years ago of Russian investigative reporter and human rights defender Anna Politkovskaya was marked this week by the launch of a report on the protection of journalists by the Council of Europe.


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utoya1Aidan White travelled to Oslo in September and met with key figures dealing with the mass killings that shocked the world

The Norwegian island of Utøya where scores of young people taking part in a political summer camp were killed by a crazed gunman in July will once again be in the headlines on October 1. Families of those killed, as well as political and community leaders will return to this beauty spot on the outskirts of Oslo to hold a special event to remember the victims.


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NYlights911For the Media Diversity Institute by Aidan White

Published: 16 September 2011

The report released this week by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations on media coverage of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque provides much evidence that the mix of bias and incompetence over this story went far beyond the newsrooms of the United States to which I referred  last week.


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newsroompicFor the Media Diversity Institute by Aidan White

Published: 13 September 2011

Nervousness in newsrooms about the potential for media-savvy extremists to get their messages into online editions has increased in Sweden where the number of xenophobic web sites has almost doubled in two years to almost 15,000.

Several major Swedish newspapers have now taken steps to introduce restrictions on their discussion forums in an attempt to limit racism, sexism and personal attacks.


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911colourbook1Aiden White for the Media Diversity Institute

Ten years after the terrorist attacks the United States of America is still hurting, but the some of the worst pain is being felt by American Muslims.

They have had to answer again and again for the decisions of a cabal of terrorists whose twisted notions of Islam they find abhorrent but whose violence has left a legacy of prejudice.

Each year there are hundreds of complaints from Muslims who are victims of discrimination and acts of violence motivated by anti-Islamic bias across the United States. A recent survey reveals that more than half of Muslim Americans say government anti-terrorism policies single them out for increased surveillance and monitoring, and many report increased harassment at the hands of the police or airport security staff and others.


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davidstarkeyAiden White for the Media Diversity Institute

Perhaps the most unhelpful contribution to understanding the riots in Britain came last week from historian David Starkey on BBC’s Newsnight who recalled Enoch Powell’s notorious “rivers of blood” speech in 1968 warning that mass immigration would lead to violence of the streets.


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