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Dasha Ilic

Published: 23 June 2016

Country: UK

By Radman Selmic

Jo_Cox_MP_MemorialThe abhorrent murder of MP Jo Cox is an unimaginable tragedy for her family, friends and colleagues, but not less for the British society as a whole. In the difficult time when the society is at a historical junction, and all prominent political actors are charged with emotions, words should be carefully selected and used.

But the following should not pass unnoticed – the murder of the rising political star is, by definition, as any other murder of a politician in public while she was doing her job, also an act of terror. However, none of the British media outlets have used the term and this was meticulously analysed by Glenn Greenwald.

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Dasha Ilic

Published: 14 January 2015

Region: Worldwide

by Dasha Ilic

Germany_Protest_-_Charlie_HebdoThe satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has featured the prophet Muhammad on its front cover once again. The Prophet is crying, just as did the cartoonist who made the cover. The headline says "All is forgiven".

As it has been only a week since the attack and the killings in Paris, some could question the magazine’s decision to put the Prophet on its cover again. But no one can deny the right to free speech in a secular state, as no one can avoid responsibility for the spoken and written word. Therefore, there are things that the world media could do and could have done differently in the coverage of the Charlie Hebdo killings and the events that have followed.

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Dasha Ilic

Published: 29 November 2014

Country: US

by Joan Lipkin*

Joan_LipkinWith a few exceptions, the media coverage of the situation in Ferguson has been disappointing. Most reporting has been focused on actions in response to the shooting of Mike Brown and/or the reaction to the lack of an indictment that would lead to a trial for Officer Darren Wilson. It has missed the bigger stories that underlie this tragedy.

How and why do we have an an essentially white police force and government in an area that is essentially black? How are areas like Ferguson, (one of over 80 municipalities in St Louis), financed by ticketing of traffic violations and court fees that target a poor minority community? What is the number of men of color that have been shot who were unarmed by white police officers over the past ten years in St Louis and throughout the US? How many of these cases go to trial? Why are body cameras not required in every jurisdiction to demonstrate what really goes on when the cost of a camera is probably less than a firearm?

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Dasha Ilic

Date: 24 August 2013

Country: UK, London

By Pierre Smith Khanna*

immigrants cupcakesResidents of London borough of Brent staged a protest at Kensal Green tube station voicing their discontent with the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) recent campaign to send immigrants home.  In July, after mayor of London Boris Johnson had agreed to pilot the scheme in six boroughs of London, vans were driven around carrying slogans telling immigrant to "Go home or face arrest".

UKBA agents and police were already conducted checks across tube stations in Brent, and many have accused them of employing racial profiling to conduct their stops. As the Kilburn Times reported last month, such checks in Kensal Green tube station were accused of being ‘heavy handed’ - UKBA officers even threatened one resident who queried what was going on with arrest.

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Dasha Ilic

Published: 21 August 2013

Country: Serbia

by Ana Šolović*

serbian flag rainbowIt was not that long ago, that features about lesbian partnerships with children from previous heterosexual marriages were unconceivable in the Serbian press. Today, empathy-evoking stories on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons which place them in the context of everyday life, written in a non-sensationalist manner and crucial for their inclusion in society, are slowly finding their way into the pages of national newspapers. However, such texts represent exceptions, because the prevailing coverage continues to be far from inclusive and ethical.

The media image of LGBT persons is still full of negative stereotypes and prejudices which result in the denial of their human rights. LGBT persons continue to be presented as a social anomaly, placed in the same category as shocking news, scandals or entertainment and depicted as non-patriots and persons with lifestyles that are foreign and opposite of the traditional Serbian orthodox culture.

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Dasha Ilic

Published: 1 July 2013

Country: UK, London

By Sue Caro*

raprazent flyerWithin the UK context, age is one of the areas covered by the Equality Act and as such is known as a ‘protected characteristic’ You are probably familiar with the issue of age discrimination against older people – which often goes hand in hand with gender discrimination – but what about the other end of the age spectrum, young people?

According to Press4Change, 76 per cent of UK media coverage of young people is negative resulting in many young people (who represent the UK’s future), feeling demonised and alienated whilst also creating suspicion and fear of young people in other sections of the population, particularly amongst the elderly, causing divisions and worsening social cohesion. When David Cameron and his fellow travellers claim that ‘Britain is broken’ maybe they should be examining media practices more closely as opposed to blaming ‘feral youths’ for all society’s ills?

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Dasha Ilic

Date: 22 March 2013

Region: UK

by Mike Jempson

Hon Director, MediaWise

uk pressIf the Press think they have been dealt a bad hand by the Royal Charter, they have only their own to blame.

Those who broke the law, or trampled on the rights of others with little regard for the consequences, have ruined it for everyone else.

Editors and proprietors who rushed to the defence of the Press Complaints Commission whenever it was criticised are as culpable as the politicians who preferred to bury their heads in the sand or court the media moguls as evidence mounted over the years that some sections of the press were up to no good.

But the solution to the alleged woes of Britain’s newspapers is also - as ever - in their own hands. It is the publishing industry that has been left with the task setting up its own system of self-regulation. In so far as the Royal Charter and Monday’s amendments to Crime and Courts Bill are concerned, it is easy for the press to avoid huge fines for bad behaviour.

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Dasha Ilic

Published: 8 January 2013

Country: Egypt

by Mike Jempson

egyptmassphoto“Please, please tell people its safe to come here!” The parting words of a young woman journalist I worked with in Cairo, just before Christmas.

She is not the only one who fears that that constant coverage of the increasingly impatient and violent demonstrations for and against President Morsi are giving western eyes the wrong impression. Others are ashamed that the world can see that ‘their revolution’ is sputtering out in the dusty gutters of overcrowded cities like Cairo and Alexandria.

“We voted for Morsi because we could not vote for Mubarak’s man, Ahmed Shafik,” said one young radical. “We could not believe that he would turn on us like this. We have replaced one dictator with another.”

During the week between the two days of voting on a referendum to accept or reject a new constitution for the country, most people I met were opposed to it but resigned to the near absolute control it will give to the Muslim Brotherhood, their Salafist allies and the army.

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Dasha Ilic

Published: 3 December 2012

Country: Hungary

by Bea Bodrogi*

roma_hungary_documentaryNon-governmental organisations in Hungary recently claimed a victory in their fight for the human rights and rights of ethnic minorities and Roma community rights. That is because the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, ombudsman Máté Szabó has concluded that the film titled „Pesty Fekete Doboz: Hungarian/Gypsy Co-existence” had violated the right to equal dignity.

Ombudsman Szabó took measures to ensure that the Media Authority in Hungary proceed with more professionalism in the future with regards to the protection of equal dignity and that it apply the instruments at its disposal and granted to it by law.

This confirms the claim of non-governmental organisation CivilMedia that the Media Authority’s interpretation and application of the law did not meet constitutional standards.

CivilMedia and several other organisations in Hungary protested after the documentary film „Pesty Fekete Doboz” was shown by state broadcaster in March this year.

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Dasha Ilic

Published: 3 December 2012

Country: UK

by Aidan White

burka_uk_pressThe need for urgent action to curb sensational and unethical journalism in the British press is not just about phone-hacking, door-stepping celebrities or intrusion into the private lives of stricken families. It’s also about how some sections of the press are actively engaged in feeding hatred and prejudice.

As a political firestorm rages around the report by Lord Justice Leveson into press ethics and its call for an independent regulator, it’s worth noting the report’s findings and its demand for a wholesale review of how journalism works and particularly in press coverage of race, migration and asylum issues. In his wide-ranging survey of sensationalism and malpractice Leveson concludes that press irresponsibility in this area is not “an aberration.”

He says: “There are enough examples of careless or reckless reporting to conclude that discriminatory, sensational or unbalanced reporting in relation to ethnic minorities, immigrants and/or asylum seekers is a feature of journalistic practice...”

The extensive evidence put before the inquiry – which can be seen at -- illustrates, for instance, how Muslims, migrants, asylum seekers as well as gypsies and travellers are routinely victims of press hostility and xenophobia.

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