September Newsletter: Reporting Diversity after 9/11

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When most people are asked ‘what were you doing on September 11, 2001’, most remember the exact moment. The attacks on World Trade Center in New York, USA changed the world to an unprecedented degree: they changed the USA’s global position, they were the beginning of two of the deadliest wars in modern history which were part of the so-called ‘War on Terror’.

This year marks 20 years since the attacks. Our thoughts and hearts are with the victims and their families, as well as those who still suffer due to war and conflict.

Media Diversity Institute and our project Get The Trolls Out! wanted to explore the way September 11 influenced the media in a broader context. For this reason, we interviewed several academics and journalists with expertise on the broader field of the media and diversity in order to look at the ways 9/11 and its aftermath impacted the media in general as well as journalists’ work more specifically. We talked to Dr Evelyn Alsultany on 9/11 and the film industry; Prof Elizabeth Poole on 9/11 and the British Media; Dr Michael Hitchens on 9/11 and video games; and BBC Persian journalist Bahaar Joya on 9/11 and journalism practice in Afghanistan.

Media Diversity Institute Supports Civil Society and Media Organisations’ Call on the G7 to Protect and Evacuate Journalists and Media Workers in Afghanistan

This year also marks the end of the USA’s presence in Afghanistan. Media Diversity Institute is very concerned about the current situation in the country and what the new rule would mean for minorities and media workers.It is for this reason we support a letter which was signed and shared by civil society and media organisations with a call to protect and evacuate journalists and media workers in the country. We will continue to work with organisations and support calls and statements for the protection of media workers, journalists and minorities in Afghanistan. You can read the full statement here.

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