Conferences/Events/Seminars
Event: Religion and the Media: Telling the Untold Story PDF Print

Date: 10-11 July 2019

Country: UK

Screen_Shot_2019-07-15_at_2.29.21_PMLast week, Media Diversity Institute was honored to join the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s International Media Freedom Conference. In addition to joining thirty-two other organisations in putting forward a list of demands towards participating governments, MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic joined a panel titled, “Religion and the Media: Telling the Untold Story.”

“If politicians come with a nasty discourse, journalists need it give it some context,” said MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic, making the point that journalists often craft their articles around quotes from political figures, and—when those political figures are known for hateful rhetoric—make their media outlets into a de-facto propaganda outlet.

 
Event: The Media Have a Major Role To Play in Breaking Down the Stigma Surrounding Disability PDF Print

Date: 28 June 2019

Country: Belgium

Originally posted on the European Economic and Social Committee Website.

DisabilityInTheMediaAn EESC hearing points to the need to embrace a human rights-based approach to disability in news and entertainment programmes, to build a more inclusive society that sees the person, and not the disability

With their often one-dimensional and pity-inducing portrayal of persons with disabilities, wrought with myths and misconceptions, and a still insufficient range of news and entertainment programmes that meet the criteria of full accessibility, the European media still have a long way to go before they can be considered to communicate about disability in an accurate and inclusive way.

The pivotal role played by the media in raising awareness on disability rights and in combating the stigma and prejudice surrounding persons with disabilities, which still permeate all aspects of European society, topped the agenda at the hearing on "Communicating Disability Rights" held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels.

 
#DefendMediaFreedom: New Pledges Not Credible Without Action PDF Print

9 July 2019

Country: UK

Screen_Shot_2019-07-09_at_7.00.07_PMToday Media Diversity Institute was one of 33 press freedom and media development organisations that met in London in advance of the Global Media Freedom Conference to call on all participating States to ensure the protection and safety of all journalists and media workers in compliance with their existing obligations and international standards.

The group, representing and working with hundreds of thousands of journalists and media workers, said new pledges will only be credible if States immediately:

  • Release all imprisoned journalists;

  • Stop killing, attacking and denigrating journalists;

  • Investigate and prosecute all murders of journalists.

The group demands all States hold themselves and their counterparts accountable and show demonstrable progress. Several States attending the Conference currently have journalists in prison and unsolved murders.

 
Queer Asia Film Festival – A Rare Celebration of Asian Queerness in the Heart of London PDF Print

Date: 17 - 22 July 2019

Country: UK

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

Screen_Shot_2019-07-01_at_11.50.51_AMThe British Museum and Kings College London (KCL) are hosting the third annual Queer Asia Film Festival at locations across London later this month.

A festival that platforms films that explore several different representations of what it means to be Queer and what it means to be Asian, Queer Asia is a rare, and exciting win for both diversity and intersectionality on screen.

This is important for many reasons. For the longest time, LGBTQ+ characters and love stories have been completely absent from screens around the world. While recently the tide has been changing (2018 was a historic year for LGBTQ+ representation on US prime time television, with queer people of color even outnumbering their white counterparts), our cultural conversation on representation, intersectionality, and the importance of showing a range of different LGBTQ+ stories on screen still has a long way to go.

 

 

 
Event: Digital Detoxification: Challenging Hateful Content in the Online Public Sphere PDF Print

Date: 11 June 2019

Country: Hungary

Screen_Shot_2019-06-22_at_10.08.51_AMEarlier this month, the Centre for Independent Journalism and the National Association for Hungarian journalists hosted Media Diversity Institute’s “Get The Trolls Out” project for a panel discussion titled, “Digital Detoxification: Challenging Hateful Content in the Online Public Sphere.”

MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic introduced the panel with a keynote address, discussing how the way that sensitive issues, like religion, are discussed in the media both on and offline can lead to severe—and often irreversible repercussions.

“When I first heard the term digital detoxification, I thought of how we are all trying to rid ourselves of our gadets,” she said. “But that is not exactly what we are trying to do. We want the space that we are all using to be used in a more civilized and democratic way, with more respect.”

 
Exploring Diversity and the Media at the International Journalism Festival 2019 PDF Print

3 – 7 April 2019

Country: Italy

IJFThis year’s International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy hosted 650 speakers taking part in 280 sessions on topics ranging from creating deep fake videos to freedom of expression and the rise of populism.

“Diversity” was a consistent theme across panels; here is a round-up of some of the most interesting conversations:

On a panel talking about the lack of female expert sources used in the news, media development director at WAN-IFRA Melanie Walker commented: “People want to see themselves reflected in the news that they read, in the content produced and the people they are seeing on screen, and this extends to expert sources.” Ros Atkins, from the BBC, and Jenny Holm, from Internews, discussed what their respective newsrooms were doing in order to tackle this issue, with the emphasis being on colleague engagement and participation.

 
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