#MediaAgainstHate Campaign Launched Print

Published : 21 December 2016

Region : Europe

MAH_LogoA campaign to counter hate speech and discrimination in the media in Europe has been launched. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is one of the partners gathered by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) for the campaign Media Against Hate. A series of trainings and workshops will be organised for media professionals, representatives of CSOs and media regulators across Europe to exchange best practices and promote mutual learning and cooperation activities.

In addition, there will be a series of videos produced from January onwards as part of the campaign to collect a diverse range of best practices with counter-narratives fighting stereotypes and discrimination in the media. Registration for taking part in the video production will be open until 15 January.

MAH_HandsA website www.mediaagainsthate.org will gather the latest news related to ethical standards, freedom of expression, media diversity and resources for media professionals and civil society organisations to fight against hate in the media.

For more information and regular updates, please visit the website www.mediaagainsthate.org and the hashtag #MediaAgainstHate on Twitter.

The media and journalists play a crucial role in influencing both policy-making and societal opinion on migration and refugees. As hate speech and stereotypes targeting migrants and refugees proliferate across Europe, balanced and fair media reporting is needed more than ever. Despite some good journalism practices and courageous journalists speaking out against hate, additional training and resources for media professionals and media organisations are needed in order for them to uphold ethical standards when reporting sensitive subjects.

Together with the European Federaton of Journalists and the Media Diversity Institute, the organisations involved in the campaign Media Against Hate are ARTICLE 19, Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE), Community Media Institute (COMMIT) and  Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE).