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What the Burkini Ban Says about World Media

Most of the mainstream media, as well as news agencies, included information about the truck driver attack in Nice that killed more than 80 people, in their reports about the burkini ban in French Riviera. The link between “Islamic terrorism” as stressed by some media, and the way women are dressed on the beach is evident for some officials, but not so many media challenged this type of rhetoric.


MDI at the Global Forum for Media Development

MDI presented its project Get the Trolls Out at the Global Forum for Media Development in Jakarta. MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic shared experience in countering, not only hate speech but violent extremism, so often promoted via Internet and social media. Pesic presented MDI guide for countering hate speech on Twitter, advocating for media literacy to be taught in schools.


Media Coverage of the Belgrade Pride 2016

Although most of the mainstream media in Serbia didn’t use openly homophobic language, they are far from fair and inclusive reporting about the LGBT community. On the day of the Pride Parade, some tabloids used the opportunity to remind their readership of the “true values of the Serbian society such as family and orthodox faith”.


Rio 2016: Some Media Trapped in Sexist Coverage

Instead of celebrating the biggest number of female athletes competing in this year Olympic games in Rio then in any other Olympics, as the sign of moving towards gender diversity in sport, some media outlets slipped into sexist coverage.


MDI Launches the Guide on How to Counter Hate Speech on Twitter

The Media Diversity Institute published the guide on how to counter hate speech on Twitter. In a collaboration with Twitter and within its project Get the Trolls Out, MDI launched the guide in 4 languages.


Nice, Paris, Istanbul, Orlando: Toxification by the Media

French TV channel, France 2, apologised for broadcasting “shocking images and testimonies” during its special programme on attack in Nice.


After Brexit, Media to Say No to Racism and Xenophobia

Judging by the titles in tabloids and repeated messages by some Vote Leave representatives, the EU referendum was a very anti-migrant campaign that was not exposed and condemned. Now the media in the UK that consider themselves professional and ethical, have to say no to racism and xenophobia.


MDI Brings Leading Chinese Professors to the UK

Two leading professors from the prominent Sun Yat-Sen University in China visited several British universities that have modules on gender and the media. Dr Haiyan Wang and Dr Zhijin Zhong introduced their ideas of developing new courses on diversity and media. Dr Zhong praised "MDI for doing important and valuable work in promoting equality of people with diverse background".


Dune Voices Success at the Anna Lindh Award Ceremony

Maimouna Saleck won the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award, for her story on traditional religious schools ‘mahadhras’in Mauritania, published on the Dune Voices website. Dune Voices is about raising awareness of issues from the heart of the Sahara, often forgotten and ignored.


Media in Sri Lanka: from Division to Inclusion?

MDI team visited Sri Lanka where two different ethnic and religious narratives still exist and women are nowhere to be seen in the newsrooms. The island remains heavily divided and except from the English language media, no other newsrooms have Sinhalese and Tamil journalists working together.


Story of MDI in 8 Minute Film

Watch the video that pays tribute to MDI's work and its 15 years of promoting diversity in the media. The short film made by the independent film maker Rani Khanna, features MDI trainers, trainees, students and staff who contributed to the promotion of a more inclusive media with projects all around the globe.