April 2023 Newsletter: Iran, Feminism and the Media

As the protests for freedom in Iran continue, Media Diversity Institute hosted a webinar which examined the protests, feminism in the region and the role of the media. Shada Islam, an independent commentator and analyst on geopolitics, who is based in Brussels, moderated the discussion. Speakers included Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE, founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network, Rafia Zakaria, a Pakistani-American attorney, journalist and author of Against White Feminism, and Marianna Karakoulaki, Media Diversity Institute’s Communication Manager, journalist and PhD Researcher. The speakers gave an overview of the protests in Iran, the power of non-white feminism and the power of Generation Z. They also spoke about the role of Western mainstream media and the way they have reported on the protests, their focus on the hijab and European politics.

As the Western media’s attention shifts to different issues and regions, it’s important to keep the discussion going, speak up and highlight wrongdoings. Media Diversity Institute is committed to doing this,and we will continue our work with dedication, respect and focus.

Our News

Media Diversity Institute’s Executive Director Milica Pesic featured on BBC World Service Weekend show presented by Paul Henley. You can listen to the show in the following link: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Get The Trolls Out! is running a campaign to raise awareness about the UK’s new migration bill. #GetTheBillOut is a series of Instagram Lives with migration and human rights experts who highlight why words and stories matter. The next Instagram live is on 20April at 1pm BST with Ake Achi, Chief Executive of Migrants at Work. Follow Get the Trolls Out! on Instagram to join the live discussions.

Media Diversity Institute Global is co-organising in an event in Warsaw on 11 May called Breaking Down the Walls? Old and new barriers to social cohesion in arts, culture and media. The event, held with the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies, University of Warsaw, in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, will be open to the public and is part of the MEDIADELCOM project.

MAGIC, which ended at the end of March, published its countryreports on Belgium and Spain as well as its Cross-Country Report which maps 15 months of journalistic narratives in three Belgian and three Spanish newspapers.The project was based in Belgium. You can read and download all reports here.

We continue to produce podcasts as part of MEDIADELCOM activities. Our latest episode looks at the adoption of the Colorado Model for deliberative journalism in Bulgaria. You can find MEDIADELCOM’s Podcasts on Spotify , Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon and Stitcher.