Newsletter February 2023: Conflict Reporting and the Russia-Ukraine War

One year of war in Ukraine has led to the displacement of millions of Ukrainians the death of more than 6,700 and over 10,000 injured. The conflict has also claimed the lives of 15 journalists. They are some of the 67 journalists killed across the globe in 2022, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists

Not every conflict gets widespread attention and media coverage. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has dominated headlines and changed global politics irreversibly, while also highlighting and challenging the power of independent information. While major international media outlets have war reporters in the country, social media users, regardless of them being citizens, politicians, reporters or trolls, are playing their part in sharing (mis/dis) information.

With the first anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine war imminent, Media Diversity Institute is organising a webinar on Thursday 23rd of February, which will explore the ethical issues in media coverage by the Western, Ukrainian and Russian media, while asking how to strengthen the role of independent journalists on every side of the conflict.


Get The Trolls Out! (GTTO) and the University of Westminster’s Diversity & Inclusion Research Community invite you to a free week-long exhibition on 25 February to 2 March which explores the theme of ‘Diversity and Religion’. For more details and to register click here.

Our office in the Western Balkans continues its work on media and information literacy and intercultural dialogue in the region. “Youth in Western Balkan – a Virtual Postcard” aims to increase the intercultural and media literacy competences of youth; and Scale up MediaCoach aims to improve media literacy capacities in Croatia, Serbia and Albania based on the Media Coach programme.

Part of our activities for MEDIADELCOM include the launch of a new podcast! In the first episode we talk to Martin Carcasson, director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation, and Eric Larsen, editor at the Coloradoan newspaper, to discover how deliberative journalism is engaging local communities. You can listen to the first episode here.

Our Get The Trolls Out! Sri Lanka team joined our partners Hashtag Generation in Colombo for a two day in person conference on freedom of expression, human rights, social media, and disinformation. For more click here.

MAGIC’s latest media monitoring dispatches covering the period of March – July 2022 are now available to read and download.