Theme: Community/Minority Media (Resources)

Article: Thousands and one voices: the south of the world seen by media, between reality and representation

Keywords: Middle East, Africa, South America, South Eastern Europe, Italian, journalism, media, stereotypes, education, information, ACRA, online Thousands and one voices is an essays and interviews’ compilation, made by foreigner journalists and by experts in information and media languages. They report a series of experiences whose aim is to tell to readers about the south of the world, trying to overcome its stereotyped representations.

Article: Uncovering Media Bias: The “Ground Zero Mosque” Case Study

This study is intended to be an initial step towards a deeper analysis of how concrete media messages (in time and location) facilitate cultural perceptions that deliver political language, ultimately channeling policy (locally and globally). For the UNAOC, research such as this is immensely valuable since the main goal of the organization is to support constructive intercultural dialogue between different cultures and religions of the world. What an individual believes as true knowledge about “the other” is of paramount importance for the establishment of open communication and sincere understanding among different groups. In contemporary societies media messages are the main providers of the information that develops (for the individual as well as for the group) into the perceived truth, understood as unbiased knowledge, of what “the other” is and represents. The media representation of Islam is repeatedly linked to controversial events and conflicts. One such example is the controversy of the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” a local New York City debate that became a US national issue, then a global issue, catalyzing international media attention around this contentious label. The goal of this study was to observe and analyze the impact that this “non-event” had on media. To do so, the research teams analyzed online and printed media from the US, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The story and the story telling Park51 is a planned Muslim community center to be located two blocks from the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. The proposed plan includes a performing arts center, a fitness center, a bookstore, a culinary school, a September 11 memorial, and a prayer space for the Muslim community. It is intended to be a platform for multi-faith dialogue. The plans were reviewed and approved by the local community board in May 2010. Conservative bloggers affiliated with the group “Stop Islamization of America,” launched a campaign against the project, renaming it the "Ground Zero Mosque,” which prompted a national controversy. The story attracted national media attention, which discussed the mosque set to be erected in the heart of Ground Zero—a much more sensational story than that of a Muslim cultural center located “two blocks away.” Politicians started using it as a political campaign issue for the 2010 US midterm elections. The story became so controversial that President Obama made the statement: “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country…that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.” Results The research shows that in the US different political interests set the media agenda. Internationally, news outlets that similarly labeled the story consciously understood the harmful nature of this misuse of terminology, as evidenced by warnings of bigotry and Islamophobia. However, their reports still focused on confrontation. Media concentrated on the sensational part of the story. Drawing an emotional connection with readers is seen as more effective than the information itself. Additionally, international media told the story through the US media lens: journalists used information elaborated by other journalists as a primary source, which helped to produce perceptions of fear and threat. Insufficient knowledge and the misuse of terminology, therefore, may create a disinformation effect that can threaten peace in multicultural communities. The importance of media literacy Citizenship education should address questions relevant to the role of media in multicultural societies. Individuals should be aware of how the media deal with migrants, multiculturalism, and, in this particular case, Islamic culture and religion. They should be enabled and encouraged to develop critical thinking skills in order to differentiate media messages and identify stereotypes, Islamophobia, radicalism, and racism within the media discourse. For more information about Uncovering Media Bias: The “Ground Zero Mosque” Case Study, please visit: The research project has been conducted by the International Center on Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA), at the University of Maryland (USA),  and the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación of the University Autònoma of Barcelona (Spain), in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

Article: Unprotected – Palestinians in Egypt since 1948

Keywords: Middle East, Palestine, Egypt, English, book, conflict, refugee, history, education Although much has been written about Palestinian refugees in general, the origins and history of the Palestinian refugee problem, and the conditions of Palestinians living in what is known as the Arab “host countries,” little has been written about the Palestinians in Egypt.

Article: Use and Attitudes towards ICT by ethnic minorities

Keywords: Western Europe, UK, English, ethnicity, race, ICT, communication technology, socially disadvantaged people, report, media literacy, community media, resource for all, print This report follows from the Social Exclusion Unit’s PAT (Policy Action Team) 15 report on access to and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) by people living in deprived areas. PAT 15 emphasised policy concerns about the ‘digital divide’ and ‘information poverty’ in deprived areas. Among other issues, it highlighted the paucity of information on access to, and usage of, ICT by people from Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in these areas, concluding that there was an urgent need for comprehensive data to be collected in deprived areas in order that a baseline position could be established.   Use and Attitudes towards ICT by ethinic minorities [EN].pdf

Article: Wasted Years

Keywords: South Eastern Europe, English, health, young, socially disadvantaged people, media content Ivan, Alen and Renato work in the fields of the Marjanovac convent in Aleksandrovac near Banjaluka, the capital of Republika Srpska, the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ivan is from Belgrade (Serbia), Alen from Zenica (Bosnia), and Renato is from Split (Croatia).


Article: Webislam (only in Spanish)

Keywords: Religion & Belief, Middle East & North Africa, Spanish, editorial project, online, intercultural relations, project/initiative, social diversity models Webislam is an editorial project held in a website on the Islamic world and inter-religious coexistence in current societies. The website has many different sections: news, forums, library, links, etc. Not only does the project encourage intercultural relations from an inter-religious perspective in the belief that the coexistence of diverse cultures is enriching for all of them, but the project itself is intercultural too.

Article: Where’s the Black in the Union Jack

 Where's the Black in the Union Jack [EN].pdf Keywords: Western Europe, UK, English, ethnicity, race, cinema, history, culture, multiculturalism, long article, all themes, resource for all, print For anyone who wants to think about the United Kingdom as a vibrant multicultural community with an internationalist outlook, should read this long article before, published in Film Reader 2, by Riddlesden & Keighley. As a matter of fact, the 1990s was a distressing period in terms of British Cinema. The previous decade had seen the emergence of a Black British Cinema and a lively debate about post-colonialism, but the expected development of that cinema and the emergence of a wider range of black leading characters in British mainstream cinema has not happened.


Article: Women: Victims of Domestic and Marital Violence

Keywords: South Eastern Europe, sex, media content, gender, print When Rizida Bekirova of Skopje married eight years ago, she was a happy and content young woman who could not imagine that she would end up in the small and dilapidated Skopje Women's Center, the only one of its kind in Macedonia....... (by Snezana Lupevska - BETA - MDI, 2002) Women - Victims of Domestic and Marital Violence.doc

Article: Women’s community radio

Keywords: International, English, gender, ethics, radio, media, journalism, study, guide, report, education, tool It is hoped this handbook will provide women with some basic knowledge of how to set up a women’s community radio and make efficient use of it for their development.

Article: XenoClipse

Keywords: English, Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Dutch, Norwegian, German, race, ethnicity, media ethics and diversity, initiatives and projects, online, resources for NGOs, media organizations, community/minority media XenoCLIPse is an action-research, a project about race, media and empowerment. After the successful experience of the consortium’s first collaboration, eCLIPse, the need for a new project involving ethnic minorities as a main target group became clear. This time we would have to go beyond the institutional context of the university, and involve members of (ethno-cultural) minorities through their presence in the media, both as objects and as subjects of information. On the other hand, this new project envisaged empowerment through creating access to new technologies for immigrants and minorities. Our main tool is digital video and its distribution on the net. The idea is to allow people who have difficulties accessing new media and technologies to make and distribute their own information in an easy way and to pass on this knowledge and skills to their peers.

Article: Youth Media Education

Keywords: International, All Region, English, education, entertainment education, diversity, youth & children, guide, report, study, media development, community/minority media, media content, resource for all, print, online “According to the UNESCO’s definition, media education “enables people to gain understanding of the communication media used in their society and the way they operate and to acquire skills in using these media to communicate with others” The task of media education has to do with collective intelligence, with the models of knowledge and understanding developed in our culture.”   Youth Media Education [EN].pdf      


Article: ‘Living together - Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe’: a report by the Council of Europe

In 2010, the Council of Europe’s Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, asked an independent “Group of Eminent Persons” (the Group) to prepare a report on the challenges arising from the resurgence of intolerance and discrimination in Europe. The report assesses the seriousness of the risks, identifies their sources and makes a series of proposals for “living together” in open European societies. The report is divided into two parts: “The threat” and “The response”. In the first part, the Group identifies eight specific risks to Council of Europe values: rising intolerance; rising support for xenophobic and populist parties; discrimination; the presence of a population virtually without rights; parallel societies; Islamic extremism; loss of democratic freedoms; and a possible clash between “religious freedom” and freedom of expression. Behind these risks, it suggests, lie insecurity (stemming from Europe’s economic difficulties and sense of relative decline); the phenomenon of large-scale immigration (both as actually experienced and as perceived); distorted images and harmful stereotypes of minorities in the media and public opinion; and a shortage of leaders who can inspire confidence by articulating a clear vision of Europe’s destiny. In the second part, the Group begins by setting out 17 principles which it believes should guide Europe’s response to these threats, starting with the statement that “at a minimum, there needs to be agreement that the law must be obeyed, plus a shared understanding of what the law is and how it can be changed”. It then goes on to identify the main actors able to bring about the necessary changes in public attitudes: educators, mass media, employers and trade unions, civil society, churches and religious groups, celebrities and “role models”, towns and cities, member states, and European and international institutions. In most of these categories, the report includes short pen portraits of particular groups or individuals whose work the Group finds “commendable and worthy of emulation”. The report then concludes with 59 “proposals for action”, the first 17 of which are labelled “strategic recommendations”, while the remainder, “specific recommendations”, address mainly the European Union, the Council of Europe, and their member states.

Article: ‘Muslims in Europe: A Report on 11 EU Cities’

The Open Society Institute Muslims in Europe report series constitutes the comparative analysis of data from 11 cities in seven European countries. It points out common trends and offers recommendations at the local, national, and international levels, including to the European Union and to international organizations. While not representative of the situation of all Muslims in these cities, this report does capture a snapshot of the experiences of Muslim communities in select neighbourhoods in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Antwerp, Berlin and Hamburg, Copenhagen, Leicester and Waltham Forest–London, Marseille and Paris, and Stockholm. For full report  see:      

Article: “It ain't just paint:” Ageing and the Media

Keywords: North America, USA, English, age, media, article. From the Longevity Report, a US syndicated newspaper column on issues for people 40 and over, this article reviews the negative press the elderly receive in the US, and examines the reluctance of radio stations and advertisers to acknowledge older consumers, even when these are the people statistics say they should be targeting. It Ain't Just Paint - Ageing and the Media [EN].doc

Article: “Working With the Media”, Manual for Health and Environment Related Professionals

The manual “Working with the media, Health and Environment Communication”, is produced by World Health Communication Associates, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), EPHA Environment Network (EEN), The MediaWise Trust. It aims at improving communication skills and practice of health professionals, educators, promoters and campaigners who have important information to share with journalists and broad public. They sometimes lack the skills and ability to capture media attention and get their messages adequately covered in increasingly competitive health information marketplaces.

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