Theme: Social Diversity Models (Resources)

Article: 'Just call me Donna'

Keywords: Western Europe, English, sexuality, gender, media article, ethics British sports journalist Donna Gee explains how her colleagues reacted when she stopped living a double life and outed herself as a transsexual. Just call me Donna [EN].doc  


Article: 'Who Makes the News?' - global media monitoring

Keywords: International, English, gender, news, study report, journalism ethics. Even though women constitute more than a half of the world's population, only 10% of news stories worldwide have women as a central focus. Women are featured as spokespeople only in 14%, and as experts only in 17% of news stories. The figures come from Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) - the most extensive global research into gender in news media ever undertaken - maps the representation of women and men in news media worldwide. The Media Diversity Institute has been one of the partners in promotion of the GMMP. The whole project is coordinated by the World Association for Christian Communication. (WACC) For more information visit:

Article: A coloured view? media coverage of migrant-issues during times of election / Een gekleurde kijk? media-coverage van migranten-kwesties in de verkiezings-tijd (only in Dutch)

Keywords: Western Europe, Dutch, refugees & migrants, politics, report/study, print [EN]During election time (Fortuyn-hype) the  media; a) focuses heavily on migrants; b) approaches them in a very negative sense; c) moreover seldom in the perspective of the immigrant themselves. In a short period of time the agenda-setting and framing in the media seem to have gone the wrong way.

Article: A study by Thames Valley University on Effects of the Media Priming Asylum-seeker Stereotypes on Thoughts and Behaviour

Keywords: Western Europe, English, migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, study, report, media diversity & ethics Stereotypical assumptions about asylum-seekers in the UK are an area of serious social and political concern. This study, led by Thames Valley University, uses a series of psychological experiments to ascertain to what degree media accounts of asylum-seekers affect the assumptions of those exposed to them.

Article: Addressing the needs of Muslim Communities

Keywords: All Europe, English, French, German, discrimination, reports, case study, Islam, social diversity models, minorities, resource for trainers and NGOs, print This publication provides a number of examples of good practice or initiatives at the local level from across European cities. They illustrate models of mainstreaming anti-discrimination and social cohesion. They highlight that some municipalities and regions target their integration policies/strategies toward Muslim communities, while others apply generic integration policies/strategies towards ethnic minorities. These are valuable lessons to be learned and shared with municipalities and regions across Europe. FRA EU Addressing the needs of Muslim communities [EN].pdf FRA EU Addressing the needs of Muslim communities [DE].pdf FRA EU Addressing the needs of Muslim communities [FR].pdf

Article: Ageism alive and well in UK newspaper recruitment adverts

Keywords: Europe, UK, English, Age, employment. Take a look in the recruitment pages of any newspaper in the UK and you will discover that ageism is alive and well, warns the Employers Forum on Age, the leading UK expert on age issues in the workplace. Ageism alive and well in UK newspapers [EN].doc 

Article: Ageism in the Media is seen as Harmful to Health of the Elderly

Keywords: North America, English, age, health. The negative images of the elderly in the mass media pose a serious threat to the life expectancy of the old, finds this article from 'The Los Angeles Times'. The elderly are also largely ignored when it comes to product advertising, and many elderly people feel slighted by this. Ageism in the Media Is Seen as Harmful to Health of the Elderly [EN].doc

Article: An important sport, okay but for whom? / Een belangrijke sport, okay. Maar voor wie? (only in Dutch)

Keywords: Western Europe, The Netherlands, Dutch, diversity, media ethic and diversity, article, resource for media, print [DU] Gedurende de Olympische Spelen bracht de NOS ruim twee weken zestien uur televisie vanuit Athene. Ga er maar aanstaan als redactie. Welke afwegingen maak je bij de selectie van sportbeelden? Kleiduivenschieten, beachvolleybal, honkbal, synchroonzwemmen, gewichtheffen of toch maar atletiek? In het artikel met de kop ‘Het chauvinisme van Studio Sport’, dat afgelopen dinsdag in de Volkskrant verscheen, was de leidende vraag: laat Studio Sport zich teveel leiden door chauvinisme? Nee, meent Maarten Nooter, hoofdredacteur van Studio Sport. Om vervolgens uit de doeken te doen welke drie vragen dagelijks ten grondslag liggen aan de dagelijkse uitzendingen van de Olympische Spelen op Nederland 2. 1. Is het een belangrijke sport? 2. Doet er een Nederlander mee? 3. Valt er een beslissing? [EN] An article by Ed Klute, the director of Mira Media about the broadcasting of the NOS during the Olympics in Athens.  The leading question; Is NOS Studio Sport too chauvinistic? Why do they decide to focus on one particular sport rather than another? Do they keep in account our growing population-group with a non-Dutch background?  An important sport, okay but for whom [DU].doc    

Article: At Ease with our Diversity Description

Keywords: Western Europe, UK, English, media diversity, media content, social diversity models, race & ethnicity The majority of Britons support multiculturalism, but the government still panders to a prejudiced minority. (by Gary Younge - The Guardian, 13 May, 2002) At Ease With Our Diversity.doc  

Article: Attitudes towards Migrants and Minorities in Europe – Media Release

Keywords: All Europe, English, discrimination, xenophobia, EU, guide, indicator, migrants, social diversity models, print, online European Monitorin Centre on Racism and Xenophobia releases Eurobarometer and European Survey analysis. The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, a Vienna-based EU agency, today released a new report that provides on overview of attitudes towards minorities and migrants across the EU Member States. EUMC Attitudes towards migrants and minorities Media Release [EN].pdf EUMC Eurobarometer 2005 Q&A [EN].pdf EUMC Key findings from the Eurobarometer and European Social Survey [EN].pdf EUMC Majorities' attitudes towards minorities in EU member states [EN].pdf EUMC Majorities' attitudes towards minorities in former candidate countries for the EU.pdf EUMC Majoritites' attitudes towards minorities in western and eastern european societies.pdf EUMC Majority populations' attitudes towards migrants and minorities [EN].pdf  


Article: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Keywords: English, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, freedom of expression, gender, religion, social diversity models, ethnicity, race, resources for all, print, on line Ayaan Hirsi Ali Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali; born Ayaan Hirsi Magan 13 November 1969 in Somalia) is a Dutch feminist, writer, and politician. She is the estranged daughter of the Somali scholar, politician, and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse. She is a prominent critic of Islam, and her screenplay for Theo Van Gogh's movie Submission led to death threats. Since van Gogh's assassination by a Muslim extremist in 2004, she has lived in seclusion under the protection of Dutch authorities. When she was eight, her family left Somalia for Saudi Arabia, then Ethiopia, and eventually settled in Kenya. She sought and obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, under circumstances that later became the center of a political controversy. In 2003 she was elected a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of the Dutch parliament), representing the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). A political crisis surrounding the potential stripping of her Dutch citizenship led to her resignation from the parliament, and led indirectly to the fall of the second Balkenende cabinet.  She is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, working from an unknown location in the Netherlands. In 2005, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also received several awards for her work, including Norway's Human Rights Service's Bellwether of the Year Award, the Danish Freedom Prize, the Swedish Democracy Prize, and the Moral Courage Award for commitment to conflict resolution, ethics, and world citizenship. Recently, in a book review of her novel titled "Infidel" posted on the summer reading list for the Middle East Strategy at Harvard website, Joshua Muravchik described it as "simply a great work of literature," even comparing her to the great novelist Joseph Conrad. Links:   about Ayaan Hirsi Ali [EN].doc

Article: Babel’s Table / Babel’s Table (only in Dutch)

Keywords: Western Europe, Tthe Netherlands, Dutch, television program, multiculturalism, visual, social diversity models, media organization EN] The new season of MTNL’s television show Babel’s Table goes on with their search for guests that will make a change in the Dutch future. The guests at the table are of course multicultural and interesting because of their duality.  (Don’t call me a foreigner though you shouldn’t forget that I am foreign!) The show is looking for new faces of people that you won’t see daily in other programs of the public channels in The Netherlands. De conversations are alternated with several items or columns. [DU] In het nieuwe jaar gaat het MTNL programma de tafel van Babel door met de zoektocht naar gasten die voor de toekomst van Nederland het verschil uitmaken. De gasten aan de tafel van Babel zijn vanzelfsprekend multicultureel en interessant vanwege hun dubbelheid (Benoem mij nooit als allochtoon maar vergeet niet dat ik allochtoon ben!).  Het programma is nadrukkelijk op zoek naar nieuwe gezichten of mensen die je niet dagelijks tegenkomt in de programma’s van de publieke omroepen. De gesprekken worden afgewisseld met verschillende items of rubrieken  

Article: BBC Still Showing its 'Hideously White' Face

Keywords: Western Europe, UK, [EN], race & ethnicity, employment, media ethics & diversity, article, print, visual The recent double whammy in which the BBC was hit by two high-profile race discrimination cases has highlighted a central flaw in its diversity policy: simply recruiting ethnic minority staff without attempting to nurture and accommodate racial and cultural differences does not work. Article by Joy Francis - Guardian Unlimited, May 13, 2002. BBC Still Showing its 'Hideously White' Face [EN].doc

Article: Beyond Fitna

Keywords: English, Beyond Fitna, Geert Wilders, freedom of expression, hate speech, visual, religion, social diversity models, resources for all, Dutch, migrants Beyond Fitna is a documentary made by an Iranian Ngo in response to the movie Fitna made by the Dutch controversial right wing politician Geert Wilders. The Iranian organization called ‘NGO Islam and Christianity’ started production of the documentary after the Dutch lawmaker displayed his movie which urges Muslims to tear out “hate-filled” verses from the Qoran and starts and finishes with an insulting cartoon of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The NGO’s documentary called ‘Beyond Fitna’ deals with incitement of violence in the Bible. Muslims believe that the book deemed holy by Christians today is a distorted version of the original Bible. ‘Beyond Fitna’ focuses on the orders given to worldwide Christians in the (distorted version of) Bible for stoking violence, committing genocide, attacking others, beheading and burning women and children who have been taken into captivity. The documentary recycles film clips from crimes committed by extremist Christians under the inspirations of the said Bible teachings, and aims to provide a response to the allegations made by Pope Benedict XVI, who called Islam a religion of violence after misunderstanding certain Organic verses.

Article: Blasphemy, insult and hatred - Finding answers in a democratic society (Science and Technique of democracy No.47)

Mutual understanding and acceptance is perhaps the main challenge of modern society. Diversity is undoubtedly an asset, but cohabiting with people of different backgrounds and ideas calls for a new ethic of responsible intercultural relations, in Europe and in the world. This book tries to answer a series of pertinent and poignant questions arising from these issues, such as whether it is still possible to criticise ideas when this may be considered hurtful to certain religious feelings; whether society is hostage to the excessive sensitivity of certain individuals; or what legal responses there may be to these phenomena, and whether criminal law is the only answer. The book has been published with support of the Council of Europe, but the opinions and views expressed in the book are responsibilities of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Council of Europe.

Article: Bonuses tied to Diversity Targets

Keywords: International, English, diversity, media, ethnicity & race, print, article Mark Thompson is getting tough over diversity. He is demanding that targets must be met for increasing the numbers of staff from ethnic minorities and with disabilities – and any director who fails to deliver will not get an annual bonus. Article by Andrew Harvey, Ariel BBC, 17January, 2006. Bonuses tied to diversity targets [EN].doc

Article: British Media Portrayals of Egypt

Keywords: Religion & belief, social diversity models, English, UK, Middle East & North Africa, study, media ethic & diversity, print, media For this study, Arab Media Watch monitored media portrayals of Egypt in all British national daily broadsheets and tabloids, from May 2008 to May 2009. British Media Portrayals of Egypt [EN].pdf

Article: Can a Woman Deliver the News?

Keywords: International, English, gender, ethics, report study, guide, media diversity Only the United States uses a single, never-changing male anchor, writes Anne Cooper Chen. A longstanding argument holds that women's voices are not authoritative on-air personalities. Following this tradition, U.S. network anchors have almost always been male.


Article: Careful research and forward planning required for disabled travellers

Keywords: Western Europe, UK, English, disability, media content, print People are heading for an ever wider variety of foreign destinations thanks to last minute deals and low-cost airlines. But for disabled travellers finding a location that they can explore with ease requires careful research and forward planning. (BBC News, 31 July 2004) Careful research and forward planning required for disabled travellers.doc

Article: Carnegie Mellon Study: Coverage of Danish Cartoon Controversy

Keywords: Religion & belief, UK, Western Europe, Middle East & North Africa, report, hate speech, freedom of expression & diversity, English, print, online The controversy surrounding the Danish publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad dominated the world's press in early February 2006, providing an important global data source for exploring the key question of how mainstream journalism presents relations between Islam and the West.

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