Theme: Human Rights (Resources)

Article: MEDIVA Presents Non Discrimination Provisions in Codes of Practice/ Ethics of Journalists in 27 EU Member States

Among other things the Mediva Project has been exploring issues connected with the media representation of, and the involvement in media of, third country nationals who may be the subject of discrimination or a hostile media culture in the EU states to which they have migrated within the EU. To this end the codes of practice/ethics of journalists in the 27 EU member states have been examined and relevant 'non-discrimination' provisions have been identified.

Article: MEDIVA reports assessing existing studies/projects regarding diversity in media

The MEDIVA project ( seeks to strengthen the capacity of the media to reflect the increasing diversity of European societies and thus foster a better understanding of immigrant integration processes at a time when social cohesion and integration policies are put to the test by an acute economic crisis. To achieve this aim, the project will: 1. survey existing studies/projects assessing the media capacity to reflect diversity and promote migrant integration (looking at 5 aspects: content of news, news making and programme production, recruitment,employment, training) across Europe:

Article: Men, HIV and AIDS

Keywords: International, Africa, English, HIV, conference, report, general diversity, gender, online Report from a Regional Conference on AIDS in Southern Africa, held in 2003 that examined how to engage men in the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Does not relate directly to the media, but journalists might find interesting statistics and other information.


Article: Mental health travesty in Bulgaria

Keywords: Eastern Europe, English, Mental health, media content, project/initiative As Bulgaria looks set to join the European Union by 2007, it is under pressure to reform mental health care - in particular its notorious social care homes...... (BBC News, 16 December, 2002) Mental Health Travesty in Bulgaria.doc


Article: Migrant impact on UK jobs and wages not harmful, says study

Keywords: Western Europe, UK, English, Refugees/IDPs, media content, study/report, print An ongoing investigation into refugees and asylum in the United Kingdom, by The Guardian newspaper. (The Guardian, 2009) Migrant impact on UK jobs and wages not harmful.doc

Article: Migrants and their descendants - Guide to policies for the well-being of all in pluralist societies, published by the Council of Europe

Migration to and within Europe has profoundly changed the life and image of the continent. This guide offers theoretical and practical tools for an innovative approach to a key political issue: how, along with our immigrant fellow-citizens, can we build a fair and plural society that ensures the well-being or all? By moving beyond rigid categories like "foreigner", "immigrant" and "illegal , and ambiguous concepts like "identity", "diversity , "immigration control and "integration", this guide suggests that policy makers, civil servants and citizens need to question their own vocabulary if they are to grasp the complexity and uniqueness or people's migration paths. Perceiving migrants simply from the host country's point or view - the security, well-being and life-style of its nationals - has limitations. We cannot see people of foreign origin only as a threat or a resource to be exploited. If we see them as stereotypes, we are seeing only a mirror of European fears and contradictory aspirations. This guide helps readers decode and address the structural problems of our society, looking at the accusations made against migrants and the utilitarian view or the advantages that immigrants bring to host societies. In publishing this guide, the Council or Europe is seeking to initiate an in-depth debate on the migration issue, which is so high on the European political agenda.

Article: Migrants, Minorities and Education

Keywords: All Europe, English, migrants, minorities, discrimination, study, indicator, education, EU, print, online The main focus of this FRA study is on different forms of disadvantages and unequal treatment experienced by migrants and minorities in school, university and vocational education across the EU Member States. Besides this, an overview of good practices shows each country's efforts to improve the educational situation of these groups, e.g. by carrying out language programmes or offering inter-cultural training. The study finishes with selected recommendations to European Union institutions and Member States. EUMC Migrants Minorities and Education [EN].pdf To see the online version of the article click the following link:    

Article: Migrants, minorities and legislation

Keywords: All Europe, English, French, human rights, EU, racism, equality, discrimination, migrants, minorities, law, guide, indicator, print, online This FRA study focuses on how different Member States approach the implementation of the Racial Equality Directive by either adapting current legislation or establishing new separate laws. On the other hand, an overview of existing non-discrimination legislation across the EU shows up to which degree anti-discrimination, anti-racism or general equality provisions have already been part of the Member States’ constitutions or specific laws. In addition, the study also highlights exemplary court cases and complaints concerning discrimination, and finishes with selected recommendations for the EU and its Member States. EUMC Migrants, Minorites and Legislation [EN].pdf EUMC Migrants, Minorities and Legislation [FR].pdf To see the online version of the two document, click the following link:  

Article: Minority Rights Advocacy in South-East Europe. A Toolkit for NGO’s

Keywords: International, English, South-East Europe, NGO, minorities, Baudouin Foundation, human rights, ethnicity, minority rights, civil society, resources for NGOs, all media organizations, all media formats The main purpose of this toolkit is to provide resource materials, practical tools and reference cases to civil society organisations (CSOs) in the region of South-East Europe in the area of effective advocacy, coalition building, networking and broadening local support with regard to minority rights. Its main focus is to inform local and national civil sector activists, groups and organizations about advocacy processes, methods and practices. It is linked with a larger programme of the King Baudouin Foundation and partners in 8 countries in South-East Europe named "Minority Rights in Practice".  Minority Rights Advocacy in South-East Europe. A Toolkit for NGO’s[EN].pdf    


Article: Mirroring Images: Ethnic Minorities in the South East European Press

Keywords: South East Europe, English, media diversity, study, report, ethnicity & race. An MDI commissioned research report on press coverage of ethnic minorities in South East Europe. The report is based on content analysis of newspapers in 10 countries and territories: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. It concludes that coverage of ethnic minorities is related to the quality of inter-ethnic relations in each country; that the press reflects widespread and deeply-rooted stereotypes and prejudices; and that journalistic practices that contribute to intolerance are rife throughout the region. Mirroring Images - Ethnic Minorities in SEE Press report FULL [EN].doc Mirroring Images - Ethnic Minorities in SEE Press report [EN].doc

Article: Mock The Weak – The Representation of Disabled People in the Media

Keywords: Europe, English, ILIS, diversity, stereotypes, disability, disabled people, media ethics, all media formats Media is an important part of our everyday life as it is critical in the dissemination of information to the mass population. In doing this, it holds a strong influence over society, reaches many people, and shapes attitudes “setting the tone of national thought and debate”. Recently, and most publicly as part of the Leveson inquiry, this influence has come under scrutiny. The relationship between the media and disabled people however, has long been turbulent. “Mock The Weak –the representation of disabled people in the media” sought solutions to both the under representation and misrepresentation of disabled people in the media. "Mock The Weak –the representation of disabled people in the media”


Article: (only in Italian)

Keywords: Italy, Italian, radio, social, communication, media, website, minorities, culture, immigrants, intolerance, advertising campaign, ethnicity & race, social diversity models, initiative/Project, community/minority media, radio, online media Mondomigrante is a social communication project, promoted by the Italian radio “Contatto Radio – Popolare Network”. It is at the same time: a radio program, an advertising campaign against intolerance and a website. The radio program pays a lot of attention to topical news, culture, the third sector and to foreign communities and minorities living on the territory of Massa – Carrara (north/centre of Italy).  

Article: Multimedia educational programs delivered by BigPictureSmallWorld Inc.

Keywords: International, English, education, media, human rights, ethnicity & race, online BigPictureSmallWorld™’s mission is to turn information overload into sensible knowledge that leads to effective action. We seek to motivate and excite students and others about the wonders and challenges of our global predicament and how we can participate in shaping the world to match our values.

Article: Muppets enter the Middle East peace process

Keywords: Middle East, English, good practise, conflict, media, resource for trainers, visual Where countless politicians and diplomats have failed, Elmo, Cookie Monster and their "Sesame Street" buddies are on a mission to promote peace and tolerance in the Middle East. A programming experiment using the Muppet characters has been widely welcomed by parents, educators and the media. But the Muppets are not without their critics in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.

Article: Muslim women in the Spanish press

Keywords: Western Europe, Spain, English, journalism, ethics, terrorism, case study, study, print Prior to March 11, 2004, Muslim women were generally depicted by the Spanish press as subordinate and submissive. This chapter explores how and in what ways the terrorist attack in Madrid impacted the media’s representation of Muslim women. Muslim women in the spanish press [EN].pdf

Article: Nepali Media Study

Keywords: Asia, Nepal, English, study, case study, ethics, journalism, human rights, print This report seeks to outline the findings and recommendations from the visit undertaken by the ‘International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission’ (also referred to as the International Mission) to Nepal in January 2008. This mission brought together the expertise of a number of regional and international organisations working on media development and freedom of expression.

Article: New BBC TV show asks viewers to vote on which asylum seekers to throw out of Britain

Keywords: Western Europe, English, media ethics & diversity, refugees, migrants, human rights, article The BBC is about to take the reality game show format to a new low, reports Britain's 'The Guardian' newspaper, by asking the public to vote on whether individual asylum seekers should be thrown out of the country. The planned programme has provoked an angry reaction from some members of parliament and refugee groups. Article by Alana Travis, The Guardian, 31 May 2003) New BBC TV show asks viewers to vote on which asylum seekers to throw out of Britain [EN].doc

Article: NLGJA suggestions regarding professional coverage of LGBT related issues in media

No journalist would cover a professional tennis match without getting an education in backhands, foot faults, player rankings and grand slams. But some reporters step into the world of LGBT people without taking the time to know what they're reporting about. Covering the LGBT community requires more research than a few viewings of "Will & Grace." Consider: Transsexuals aren't the same as drag queens. Outdated phrases such as "sexual preference" make journalists look clueless at best and insensitive at worst. And "outing" someone without permission remains a dicey proposition, even in these days of growing sexual freedom. NLGJA believes mainstream journalists have an obligation to be fair, balanced and accurate. NLGJA is dedicated to education, not advocacy. We are journalists ourselves and don't want our colleagues to slant what they write or put on the airwaves. We don't expect anyone to blindly follow all the suggestions we make here. We are not the media police, and some of our own members will certainly disagree with some of the viewpoints expressed here. Our goal is simple: to provide thought-provoking resources to our colleagues as they cover one of the most diverse communities in America.


Article: Non-accompanied Minors and Youth / Los menores y jovenes no acompañados (only in Spanish)

Keywords: Western Europe, Spain, Spanish, youth, migrants, unaccompanied minors, study, human rights, resource for all, print This is a study on the history and conditions of minor and unaccompanied youth, their daily life as a foreigner without protection, helpless faced with the nationalist anger and violence so often raged at unwanted visitors.  Non-accompanied Minors and Youth [ES].pdf    

Article: Paedophile fear strikes again in the UK press

Keywords: Western Europe, UK, English, children & youth, sex. Fear of paedophiles combined with a new Data Protection Act, has led to a heated debate in Britain about whether newspapers should be allowed to photograph children, and publish those photographs, without the permission of their parents. The issue is eroding traditional coverage of schools and their activities by the local press. The latest battleground is a music festival. Paedophile fear strikes again in the UK press [EN].doc

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