August 2022 Newsletter: The attack on Salman Rushdie should not lead to the use of Islamophobic tropes on the media

On Friday 12 August Salman Rushdie was stabbed while on stage. At Media Diversity Institute we firmly believe that it is a direct assault on freedom of speech and freedom of expression; principles that are central to our values.

This incident should not lay the ground for Islamophobia. Our work aims to showcase unethical journalism practices and bring change, and during these times we are calling for balanced reporting practices.

We join organisations such as PEN AmericaArticle 19Amnesty International UK as well as the Muslim Council of Britain, among others, in condemning the attack.

For more information on how to recognise Islamophobia, and other religious based hate speech, we suggest you look at our resources published through our projects Get The Trolls Out! and MAGIC.

Media Diversity Institute at the Fazana Media Fest

In tune with our commitment to the improvement of the media’s portrayal of women and better treatment by their employers in the media sector, Media Diversity Institute is proud to co-organise the Fazana Media Fest 2022, themed ‘Women and the Media’. Media Diversity Institute is hosting four panels, which will be live streamed, to present the main achievements of the Reporting Diversity Network 2.0 (RDN2.0), our Western Balkan programme funded by the European Union, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgrade. For more see this link.

Journalism and Faith Workshop: Exploring Best Practices

We’re excited to announce that we have a new date for our Journalism & Faith Workshop. Dina Newman, a renowned journalist, and media trainer will be the workshop’s trainer. The workshop will take place on 30 September 2022 at 10am-5pm at The Frontline Club in London. For more information and to register click here.

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The ‘Speak up for Diversity!’ toolkit produced by MAGIC is targeting Muslim communities and CSOs working on social inclusion. The toolkit was produced by the Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en Belgique and  Fundación Al Fanar para el Conocimiento Árabe and coordinated by Media Diversity Institute.

You can learn more about our work in deliberative communication by catching up with the podcast series of our project MEDIADELCOM in this link.

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