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School highlights displacement, dialogue and peace building

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  Participants at the Nairobi School on Communication Rights. Photo: WACC. Thirty-five representatives of faith-based and secular civil society organizations from 18 countries participated in WACC’s Communication Rights School held in Nairobi, Kenya, 11-15 December 2017, in collaboration with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC). Facilitated by WACC staff, the School’s aim was to build knowledge, skills and competencies… Read more »

Enabling migrants and refugees to speak for themselves

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By Staff on December 16, 2017   Staff from ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid offer food to a young refugee at Beremend, along Hungary’s border with Croatia. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants flowed through Hungary in 2015 on their way to western Europe from Syria, Iraq and other countries. Photo: Paul Jeffrey. News media the world over have… Read more »

Communication rights underlie peace and social justice

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By Staff on December 08, 2017   Human Rights Day marks the start of a year-long campaign to celebrate the UNDHR’s 70th anniversary in 2018. Human Rights Day falls on 10 December 2017 – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) in 1948. The UNDHR proclaims the rights to which everyone is entitled… Read more »

New way of measuring freedom of expression launched

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By Staff on December 07, 2017   Crowds of people march peacefully August 19, 2017 in downtown Boston protesting against a “Free Speech” rally featuring extremist racist and anti-semitic speakers. Photo courtesy of Telesur. ARTICLE 19 has joined with the social science database V-Dem to launch a tool for assessing freedom of expression and information worldwide. For a number of years,… Read more »

Media experts discuss how to improve refugee reporting

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Following the launch of the report “Changing the Narrative: Media Representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe” on November 16, Refugees Reporting organised a follow up discussion in partnership with One World Media and the British Red Cross. “Unpicking the Refugee Narrative” took place in London on November 30, involving key decision-makers among several top media professionals from the UK media… Read more »

End media sexism to counter gender violence!

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Gender violence including harassment, rape and trafficking is among the top 10 news topics in which women appear most, according to the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). Girls and women are disproportionately affected by such violence, and media play a significant role in perpetuating and challenging social norms that condone it (UN Women). The 2017 edition of the “16 Days… Read more »

New report urges end to ‘pattern of invisibility’ of refugees and migrants in European media

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Brussels, 16 November 2017. There are indications of a “pattern of invisibility” of refugees and migrants themselves in news reports on asylum and migration in European media, according to a new report presented in Brussels on 16 November. Entitled, “Changing the Narrative: Media Representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe,” the report is the result of a 12-month project – Refugee… Read more »

Children are active communicators

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By Staff on November 20, 2017   Children at play in Indonesia. Photo: Agoes Antara courtesy of BoredPanda. Universal Children’s Day falls on November 20, advocating and celebrating children’s rights and actions to build a better world for all. Children have the right to have a voice, to be listened to, and to be taken seriously. As such, children’s rights cannot… Read more »

Report urges media to change refugee narrative

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By Staff on November 16, 2017   Cover image for the report “Changing the Narrative: Media Representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe”. A “pattern of invisibility” of refugees and migrants themselves can be found in news reports on asylum and migration in European media, according to a new report presented in Brussels on 16 November 2017. Entitled, “Changing the Narrative: Media… Read more »

Live stream of the report presentation

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The presentation of the report  “Changing the Narrative: Media Representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe” took place at the Brussels Press Club on 16 November 2017. The full event can be watched here: https://youtu.be/c3hsnXhtn2M The report is available at: http://www.refugeesreporting.eu/report