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Indian Journalist Vinod K Jose Asks #DefendMediaFreedom Organizers To Apply Their Principles to India PDF Print

17 July 2019

Country: United Kingdom

Screen_Shot_2019-07-17_at_12.31.54_PMAt the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s conference on International Media Freedom earlier this month, Indian journalist and editor of Caravan Magazine Dr. Vinod K Jose presented about the rise of anti-religious lynch mobs across India.

“You can’t have more diversity than you have in India,” he said, beginning his panel by presenting a background on India's rich history of housing many different religions, whose freedom of belief is enshrined by several different articles in the country's constitution.

 
Announcement: Rose-Marie Farinella Awarded Top Honour in France PDF Print

17 July 2019

Country: France

IMG_0567Media and Information Literacy Educator Rose-Marie Farinella is being honoured with the “Legion of Honour” award this week, the highest order in France.

A journalist-turned-teacher, Farinella is known throughout the education world for her fight against “fake news” and innovative ways to educate children as young as ten years old in how to identify information, verify the sources, and understand the context of online news media. She developed her curriculum for over five years, and has been recognized at the SaferInternet4EU, UNESCO's Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy Week in Kingston, Jamaica, the National Congress of Digital Culture and MIL in Lyon, France, the Innovative Teacher’s Forum in Paris, France, and the French Annual Congress for Journalism in Tours, France.

 
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.

 
Is the Far Right’s Crackdown on Gender Studies A Threat to Democracy? PDF Print

Date: 11 July 2019

Country: Europe

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

Screen_Shot_2019-07-11_at_10.04.34_AMLast year, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban became the first European leader to ban gender studies, arguing that the discipline is an ideology, rather than a science and should not receive university accreditation.

Since then, there has been a worldwide assault on gender and gender studies, fueled largely by divisive media coverage and the rising political power of the far right. While no one else has quite reached the point of banning gender studies, Germany’s Alternatives for Deutscheland Party has pledged to follow Orban’s example, claiming that it disrupts family values. Italian national media smeared a sociologist for conducting research on gender and bullying, effectively shutting down his research. Even Sweden has seen its secretariat for Gender Research evacuated, due to a suspicious package.

 
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.

 
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